2nd Lieutenant, 9th Battalion Manchester Regiment.

Died Monday 7th June 1915, age 37.

Remembered on the Helles Memorial, Turkey.

Former student of chemistry.



Albert, known as ‘Ned’ to some, was born in 1878 to Edward Stringer, a Justice of the Peace and Headmaster of Trafalgar Square School, Ashton Under Lyne. Albert entered the Manchester University in 1897, taking a course in chemistry and obtaining a B.Sc. in 1900. He was member of the Chemistry Society. In 1904 he was appointed as a Chemistry Master at Ashton Under Lyne Secondary School, eventually becoming Deputy Headmaster at the same school. He had two younger brothers and two younger sisters all of whom were involved in teaching.

When war broke out Albert enthusiastically joined the Manchester Regiment and, “beside himself with joy at setting out on a great adventure”, proceeded to Egpyt, and then in May 1915 landed at Gallipoli with the 42nd East Lancashire Division. A month later he was killed while leading a bayonet charge alongside a Captain Okell who reported that the attack was made in the face of fierce machine gun fire, but that they did succeed in entering the trench they had been ordered to capture. Accurate enfilade fire from the enemy killed Albert and forced a withdrawal. The local newspaper stated that “No-one who ever came into contact with Ned Stringer could fail to appreciate his cheery and sympathetic manner. His personal charm was magnetic, and encouraged confidence”. On hearing of Albert’s death a Major Broadbent said it was “a knockdown blow” and that Albert was “wonderfully popular, and a jolly good chap. He was what you might term my ‘stable companion’ for we shared the same quarters”. Albert has no known grave.

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