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First World War, 1914-1918
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Informal portrait of brothers, 2482 Trooper (Tpr) Henry Alfred (Alf) Strand (left), of Warwick, ...
Informal portrait of brothers, 2482 Trooper (Tpr) Henry Alfred (Alf) Strand (left), of Warwick, Qld, and 2483 Tpr Thomas William Strand, of Bundaberg, Qld. The brothers enlisted in January 1916 and served from February to March with the 2nd Light Horse Regiment, 17th Reinforcements. They were then transferred to the 11th Machine Gun Company and in June 1916, to the 52nd Battalion. Private Henry Strand was allocated a new service number, 2980, and embarked from Brisbane on board HMAT Marathon (A74) on 27 October 1916. He arrived in France on 14 June 1917 and died on 26 September 1917, aged 26, of wounds received in action at Ypres, Belgium. Pte Thomas William Strand was also allocated a new service number, 478 and transferred to 3rd Machine Gun Company. He embarked from Melbourne with the 7th Reinforcements, on board HMAT Ulysses (A38) on 25 October 1916. On 23 April 1917 he was transferred to the 21st Machine Gun Company, and his service number changed to 478A. He served in France and was awarded the Military Medal (MM) for bravery on 17 December 1917. In April 1918, he was transferred to the 1st Machine Gun Company and was wounded in action on 25 April. Pte Thomas William Strand, MM, aged 21, returned to Australia in 1919.