Topic: George Stringfellow

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George Stringfellow (Service no. 41169) was a First World War soldier with links to Sumner

George Stringfellow, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Online CenotaphGeorge Stringfellow was born on 26 August 1895 in Rakaia, Canterbury. His father was James Stringfellow (1864-1937) and his mother was Rosiner Gardiner Eylesham (1866-1940). George had four siblings, Albert, Violet, Edith and Agnes.

The family lived in Ashburton as farmers.

George Stringfellow joined up to the army in 1914, aged 19. At this time he was 5 ft 10 inches, and weighed 12 stone. He had a fair complexion with grey eyes and brown hair. George was given the honour of a certificate for crossing the equator for the first time aboard the RMS Corinthic on May 19th, 1917. It read-

“ Behold ye, mariners, sea gods, mermaids and dwellers within my dominions, that G Stringfellow has satisfied my kingship, spouse, high judge, doctor, barber and all my other subjects within this my equatorial sea, as to his fitness to enter and dwell within my dominions, therefore I now in virtue of my divine right of kingship of the high seas, grant him the freedom of the sea. Given under my seal this 19th May in the year 1917.”

The last ranking George Stringfellow held was Private, Wellington Infantry Regiment 3rd battalion in the NZ Expeditionary Force.

He died of wounds in the field in Belgium on 7 October 1917.

George is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Marlborough War Memorial, Seddon District War Memorial, and Sumner War Memorial Plaque.


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George Stringfellow

First Names:George
Last Name:Stringfellow
Place of Birth:Rakaia, Canterbury