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
16 February

1942— BANKA ISLAND MASSACRE. Following the sinking of the SS Vyner Brook, many of the survivors, including 22 Australian nurses, reached the shore of Banka Island. Realising that their position was desperate, an officer from the ship set out with most of the women and children to surrender the group to the Japanese. The officer returned with 20 Japanese soldiers who ordered all the men capable of walking to move to hidden part of the beach and killed them. They then returned to the beach and ordered the 22 nurses and 1 British civilian woman to walk into the water. They were machine-gunned in the back. All the immobile survivors were then killed. Sister Vivian Bullwinkle pretended to be dead and was the only survivor