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Armstrong, Donald Richard Neville

Date of birth:
July 19th, 1907 (Kuruman/Northern Cape, South Africa)
Date of death:
1967 (Fort Victoria, Rhodesia)
Rhodesian (1923-1980, British Colony)


Service number: SR599144V. Unit: 1/11 A Tank.

Donald Armstrong was born in Kuruman in the Cape on 19th July 1907.
His father was Percy George Armstrong who was born in Cradock in the Eastern Cape and his mother Mabel Lucy Games also Cradock. He came from a large family (13 children) although not all survived the rigours of those early days. At some point in time he moved to Rhodesia. Prior to his marriage to Joan Stratton Collins and the birth of his four sons he was living in the lowveld of Rhodesia (where there was a lot of cattle ranches). He entered the military in Rhodesia.

He was injured during the war when his tank was attacked. After the war he settled at The Iron Duke mine at Mazoe where he was the engineer, at least from 1945. He and Joan were divorced shortly after the war and he brought up the four boys, Richard, Cecil, Victor and Bobby on his own.
He married Betty Wells in about 1960 and stayed at the Iron Duke until they moved to Fort Victoria and died there of Emphysima in 1967.

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  • - Document for awarded decorations Signed by van der Merwe Lt. Col. O.i/c Second Echelon, UDF ADM HC (Rear) MEF