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  • Name: George Albert STRINGER
  • D.O.B: 24th July, 1889
  • D.O.A: 8th March, 1916
  • D.O.D: 10th November, 1957
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 1st Battalion The Manchester Regiment

Dujaila Redoubt, Mesopotamia 8 March 1916

8 March 1916

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The First World War Mesopotamia 1915-1918 

At the beginning of March 1916 the British made a second attempt to relieve General Townshend and his force at Kut-el-Amara. From his camp at the confluence of the Wadi with the Tigris, General Sir F J Aylmer VC determined to force the Turkish position on either side of the Tigris at Es Sinn about seven miles east of Kut. His plan was to turn the line by capturing the Dujaila Redoubt, a Turkish stronghold about five miles south of the Tigris. His forces moved across country on the night of 7-8th March 1916 to positions along the southern part of the Turkish line and on the 8th, he launched his assault. An initial attack from the south-east was held by Turkish fire, partly from trenches south-west of the Redoubt and at 4.30 pm, Aylmer decided on a frontal assault with 1st Battalion The Manchester Regiment in the front line. Some of the Turkish trenches were captured but the British were eventually forced to retire. The following day Aylmer withdrew most of his troops to the Wadi.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery and determination. After the capture of an enemy position he was posted on the extreme right of his battalion to guard against any hostile attack. His battalion was subsequently forced back by an enemy counter-attack, but Private Stringer held his ground single-handed and kept back the enemy until all his grenades were expended. His very gallant stand saved the flank of his battalion, and rendered a steady withdrawal possible. 

Supplement to The London Gazette of 4 August 1916. 5 August 1916, Numb. 29695, p. 7744

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