From Hoole History and Heritage Society



Regiment: 9th Bn Lancashire Fusiliers/ Cheshire Regiment

Rank: Private

Number: 37417

Died: 5 December 1916

Aged: 21

Buried/ Memorial: Thiepval Memorial, France

Address: 'The Beeches', Hamilton Street, Hoole

Cheshire Observer 30 December 1916

The above is a photograph of Pte William Stringer of the Lancs Fusiliers whose parents Mr and Mrs R Stringer of 19 Hamilton Street Hoole have received official notification that he has been killed in action. Pte Stringer was only 21 years of age. He attested under the Derby scheme and “joined up” in January last going on active service in September. He was an only son and prior to joining the Forces was in the employment of Messrs Hart Davies and Son Eastgate Street Row. Pte Stringer was well known in the city and district. His name appears on the roll of honour of Ellesmere College.

Chester Chronicle 30 December 1916


Mr & Mrs Robert Stringer, The Beeches, Hamilton Street, Hoole, have received official intimation that their only son, Pte. William Stringer, of the Lancashire Fusiliers, was killed in action on 5th December. Pte. Stringer, who was 21 years of age, joined the colours on 27th January last and went to the front in September. Previous to joining the army he was in the employ of Mr Hart Davies, Eastgate Row. He was educated at All Saints School and Ellesmere College. Pte. Stringer was well known and highly esteemed by many his friends and much sympathy will be extended to his parents.”

The 1911 Census shows William as a 16-year-old errand boy living at 18 Hamilton Street with father Robert, mother Fanny, sister Cissie, his cousin John and Harriet Bramley, a domestic servant.