Thomas Alexander STRAIN

STRAIN, Thomas Alexander

Service Numbers: 3536, QX36763, Q42234
Enlisted: 12 August 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Major
Last Unit: 49 Infantry Battalion AMF
Born: Laceys Creek via Terrors Creek, Qld., 1 March 1899
Home Town: Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Terrors Creek State School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Natural causes, Toowoomba, Qld., 13 June 1982, aged 83 years
Cemetery: Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery, Queensland
Memorials: Dayboro Showgrounds War Memorial, Dayboro War Memorial, Mount Pleasant Upper North Pine Honour Roll, Pine Shire Council Roll of Honour, Wondai Shire Honour Roll WW2
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World War 1 Service

12 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3536, 26th Infantry Battalion, Brisbane, Queensland
3 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 3536, 26th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '15' embarkation_place: Brisbane embarkation_ship: HMAT Kyarra embarkation_ship_number: A55 public_note: ''
3 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 3536, 26th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Kyarra, Brisbane
23 Apr 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 3536, 31st Infantry Battalion

World War 2 Service

27 Feb 1941: Involvement Major, QX36763, also Q42234
27 Feb 1941: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Major, QX36763
27 Feb 1941: Enlisted Lieutenant, Q42234, Brisbane, Queensland
21 Jul 1942: Involvement Captain, QX36763, 49 Infantry Battalion AMF, Kokoda - Papua
9 May 1947: Involvement Major, Q42234, also QX36763
9 May 1947: Discharged Major, QX36763, 49 Infantry Battalion AMF

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

Enlisted aged 16 years, 5 months.

Son of Gabriel Strain and Jessie Ann McCaskill

Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Thomas's parents were Gabriel Strain and Jessie Ann McCaskill who both gave their consent for him to enlist as he was under age. The Strain family was early pioneers of the area. Thomas attended Terrors Creek State School and was the first pupil to enlist on 12 August 1915 at Brisbane. He was a presented with a pair of military brushes and a fountain pen at the School before he left. Thomas married Harriet Elizabeth Kuhn who was from a local pioneering family in 1923. His brother Gabriel Strain [3545A] enlisted as well he also returned home.