Studio portrait of Private (Pte) 478A Thomas William Strand, MM, 21st Machine Gun Company, of ...

Accession Number P08910.001
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Digital file TIFF
Maker Unknown
Date made c 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Studio portrait of Private (Pte) 478A Thomas William Strand, MM, 21st Machine Gun Company, of Bundaberg, Qld. He was a plumber prior to enlisting with his elder brother, Henry Alfred Strand, in January 1916. The brothers trained in Australia with the 2nd Light Horse Regiment from February to March 1916. They were then transferred to the 11th Machine Gun Company and in June 1916, to the 52nd Battalion. While his brother remained with the 52nd Battalion, Pte Thomas William Strand was transferred to the 3rd Machine Gun Company, and embarked from Melbourne with 7th Reinforcements, on board HMAT Ulysses (A38) on 25 October 1916. He arrived in France in March and on 23 April 1917 he was transferred to the 21st Machine Gun Company. On 17 December 1917 Pte Strand was awarded the Military Medal (MM) for bravery. In April 1918 he was transferred to the 1st Machine Gun Company and was wounded in action on 25 April 1918 by a gunshot wound to the shoulder. He returned to Australia in 1919, aged 21. Pte Strand's brother, 2980 Pte Henry Alfred Strand, died on 26 September 1917 of wounds received in action at Ypres, Belgium, aged 26.