Captain Pat – A Long Way From Tipperary

On display in the museum at the moment we have a 10th Hussars (Prince of Wales Own Royal) parade uniform which belonged to Captain William Maurice Armstrong, M.C. (1889-1917). Hussars had a reputation for being dashing, adventurous, and slightly reckless, and Captain Armstrong seems to have followed in that tradition.

Captain Armstrong or Captain Pat, as he was known to his men, was the only son of Marcus and Rosalie Armstrong of Moyaliffe Co. Tipperary. For Captain Pat the journey to Gallipoli began in Tipperary when he left his family home to be educated in England, Eton and Sandhurst, and follow in his father’s footsteps to begin a military career.

He served with his regiment in India and South Africa, and in World War One was stationed in France and Flanders before being sent to Gallipoli, where he served as Staff Captain with the famous 29th Division. He then returned to France and on 23rd May 1916, at the age of 28, he was killed in action in a front line trench near Arras, where he is buried. Captain Pat was awarded the Military Cross and was mentioned four times in Dispatches for gallant and distinguished service in the field.

Thanks to staff member Niall for researching and writing this piece.

1 reply on “Captain Pat – A Long Way From Tipperary”

Very interesting. We saw that on a visit a few months ago.
Thank you to Niall for showing my husband and myself around the museum, we loved the place, Niall had lots of interesting information and was a great guide.
We’ll be back!

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