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Place of birthAuckland, New Zealand
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEstate agent
Addressc/o W A Wood, 'Doralbe', Elizabeth Street, Gordon, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 10"
Weight164 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs E M Strangman, 'Doralbe', Elizabeth Street, Gordon, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the School Cadets.
Enlistment date13 September 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name4th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 9 April 1916
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19-20 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records30
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 9), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 9 April 1916; disembarked Port Said, 14 May 1916.

Taken on strength of 1st Training Bn, Tel el Kebir, 15 May 1916.

Taken on strength of 14th Training Bn from 1st Training Bn, Tel el Kebir, 20 May 1916.

Proceeded by Draft to 56th Bn, 24 May 1916.

Joined 54th Bn, Canal Zone, 3 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19/20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 26 December 1916, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19/20 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 2650301: 'No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills 10-10-19.'

Statement, 3041 Pte J.G. ELLIS, 54th Bn (patient, 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, England), 17 August 1916: 'Informant saw Lt Strangman running hard in the charge near Fleurbaix. Saw him wounded and thinks he was killed.'

Second statement, Lt Charles SHAW, 54th Bn (patient, Moreton Gardens Hospital for Officers, London, England), 20 August 1916: 'On July 19th 1916 at Armentieres we made an attack, our object being to get to the third line of German trenches. We went over the parapet at 6 p.m. I am afraid there is absolutely no hope of Lieut Strangman being alive. He must have been killed. The Germans had a machine gun put on i the sap and none of A. Company and very few of B. Coy ever got to the German trenches so could not have been taken prisoner, C. and D. got there and consolidated the ground but there was no support and they had to return. I am afraid he is lying in No Man's Land.'

Third statement, 4865 Pte A.R. POWELL, 54th Bn (patient, Lord Kitchener's Hospital, Brighton, England), 24 November 1916: 'Informant states that on July 19th 1916, at Fleurbaix, he saw Lieut. Strangman lying against the barbed wire in No Man's Land, face downwards, he asked him if he would like a drink, and discovered he was dead.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, STRANGMAN John Gerald
Red Cross file 2650301

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