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Captain Strain is NOT forgotten.

The sacrifice of two Wishaw High war heroes have not been officially recognised in the Scottish Roll of Honour in Edinburgh.

Captain Thomas Strain was 31 when he was killed while serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps on September 16, 1916.

John Fleming, who has been researching the lives of the former school servicemen for Wishaw Old Parish Church, believes there is a simple reason for this omission.

John said:"I think it is because Thomas married and then set up home in London.

"The fact remains he should certainly be honoured on the Roll of Honour and I have already spoken to people in Edinburgh about it."

Thomas Strain was born in July 1885, the eldest son of William Strain, a provision merchant, and his wife Margaret.

In 1900, when he was just 15, he began his medical studies at the University of Glasgow and graduated in 1906.

He was of an academic bent and went on to research for a postgraduate degree, graduating in November 1910. The following year he married Minnie Bennett and the couple set up home in London.

Their first daughter, Eileen Margaret, was born there in 1913. A sister, Jean, followed in 1913.

Thomas had a number of posts before the war including the medical officer of the tuberculosis dispensary in Barnes Urban District Council.

His public health background must have been invaluable to the Royal Army Medical Corps, to which he was commissioned first as Lieutenant and promoted to Captain in 1916.

His grave is at the Ancien Cimetiere de Lillers.

John also noted a second Wishaw soldier,Thomas Ross of the Gordon Highlanders, was also omitted from the Roll of Honour.

Little is known of the Lance Corporal's life after his schooldays other than the fact he was killed in France in March 1918 with his final resting place being the Warlencourt British Cemetery in Pas de Calais. John added:"There could be hundreds of soldiers not recognised in this way. "

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Publication:Wishaw Press (Lanarkshire, Scotland)
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Date:Sep 5, 2018
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