George Stringer (24th July 1889 to 22nd November 1957)



George Stringer worked for a cloth dyer and bleacher. Aged 16 he joined the Lancashire Fusilier Volunteers then the territorial unit of the Manchester Regiment.


He fought in France but it was his heroic actions during the Battle of Es Sinn on 8th March 1916. After the capture of an enemy position he was posted on the extreme right of the Battalion in order to guard against any hostile attack. They soon came under heavy gun and grenade fire by the enemy. Stringerís position meant he was very exposed but he held his ground single-handed and kept back the enemy till all his hand-grenades were thrown. This allowed his peers a safer withdrawal. Then three days later he saved the lives of two officers.


Later he was wounded and was returned home with enteric fever and jaundice. Illness meant he never fought again but in World War II he worked as a munitions worker.


His medals are in the collection of the Museum Of The Manchester Regiment, Ashton-under-Lyne, Manchester.