Lance Corporal Thomas Strother

Lance Corporal Thomas Strother, 1st/7th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He was killed in action in France on 15th September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. He fell in an attack on German positions near High Wood. Two tanks led the attack and the troops reached the second objective in ” Sunken Lane” before being halted by Captain Merivale who realised his flanks were in the air and consolidated the position which then came under an enemy bombardment. This attack was as always costly with 3 Officers and 40 Other Ranks killed and 7 Officers and 219 Other Ranks Wounded. In addition 74 Other Ranks were posted missing. ( In Great War speak “missing” usually meant dead ). The C.W.G.C. site lists his rank as Private. The artist’s illustration shows the Fusiliers in the attack.

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