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
17 January

1917 — 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, sailed for France. This was the last AFC Squadron formed in WW1 and began active service over the Western Front in the Battle of Cambrai

1945 — Battle of TSIMBA RIDGE, a strongly fortified Japanese position  in the north of Bougainville

1991 — Coalition air attacks began against Iraqi forces in IRAQ and KUWAIT, marking the beginning of the GULF WAR, which ended when Iraqi forces were driven from Kuwait