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Alfred Osmond Stringer


Alfred Osmond Stringer was born on January 12, 1894 in Golborne. He was the second child of Alfred Robinson and Mary Ann Stringer. In 1901, the family were living at 89 High Street, in Golborne, where Alfred senior had a business as a Tonsorial Artist and Shopkeeper according to the Census. The youngest child, Harold, was employed as a Hairdresser’s Assistant. The oldest child, Olivia, was not with the family on the night of the Census.

Early Life

Alfred showed early promise as a scholar and he was duly enrolled as a pupil at Wigan Grammar School in the autumn of 1906, where he continued to thrive and to achieve success.

In 1911, the family were still at 89 High Street, in Golborne. Olivia (aged 18) had no occupation listed, and both Alfred (aged 17) and Harold (aged 12) were described as students. By this point in time Alfred senior was a Hairdresser.

Chester College

Alfred graduated from Chester College in 1914 and went to teach at Astley Church School, in Atherton.

Military Service

Like so many others, his service papers have not survived; but we do know that he enlisted originally as Private 2833 in the Royal Scots in the early days of 1914. He was later transferred to the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). In August 1916, he went out to the front and was about to be raised to a commissioned officer. On October 24, 1916 the Battalion were in reserve at Guillemont. They remained there until October 27.

 Lest We Forget

It was while serving with the 1st Battalion, as Sergeant 40336, that Alfred was killed in action on October 29, 1916.

Post Mortem

Alfred’s medal card shows that he was awarded the British War and Victory Medals. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, in France. His entry in the register of deceased soldiers’ effects records that his death was presumed on or since October 29, 1916. His War Gratuity, £12 0s 0d, was paid to his father, his sole legatee.