Death Plaque Belonging to Gilbert Kirkwood Strong

Historical note: 

Death plaque sent to Mrs Ellen Strong of Lithgow after her son Private Gilbert Strong 20th (NSW) Battalion was killed in action on the Somme. The bronze plaque depicts Britannia and a lion, with Strong's name embossed in a rectangle. The plaque is surrounded by the words "He Died for Freedom and Honour".

Strong enlisted at 18 years old, and was badly wounded at Pozieres, his first battle. After two months in hospital he returned to the Battalion and was killed by a sniper. He had just turned 19.

Materials: 
Bronze
Conflict: 
First World War
Location: 
Western Front
Engraved: 
HE DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOUR Gilbert Kirkwood Strong

On this day

On this day
11 December

1899— 29 NSW LANCERS were part of a British force which suffered a heavy defeat at the hand of the BOERS at MAGERSFONTEIN, South Africa

1918—  HMAS BRISBANE arrived in Sevastopol, Russia, in support of White Russian forces fighting against revolutionary Bolshevik forces

1952— Operation FAUNA began in Korea. This action was planned to take prisoners to find out more about recently arrived Chinese troops and to destroy enemy trenches. It was 1RAR’s last action of the Korean War

1969— HMAS JEPARIT was commissioned into the RAN to transport stores and equipment to Vietnam. The bulk carrier had been the subject of ongoing union action since August 1966.