DCM, E.VII.R. (Tpr: F. Stringer. S.A. Lt. Horse);
QSA (6) CC, TH, OFS, RoL, Laing’s Nek, Belf (1169 L. Corpl. T. W. Stringer, S.A. Lt. Horse), note incorrect first initial;
KSA (2) (Guide F. W. Stringer F.I.D.);
Natal 1906, (1) 1906 (Cpl. F. W. Stringer, Tr Mtd. Rifles);
BWM and VM (Capt. F. W. Stringer);
Territorial Force War Medal 1914-18 (Capt. F. W. Stringer, Hamps. R.)
DCM LG 25 April 1902: ‘Trooper F. Stringer, South African Light Horse. For single-handed capture of a Boer, under circumstances of gallantry on 5 February 1902.’
Frederick William Stringer was born in Horton, Dorset on 13 July 1873, the son of the Rev. Thomas Stringer of Purbrook, Cosham, Hampshire.
When he applied for a commission in the 7th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment on 23 December 1911, he stated that he had previously served for seven years in the South African Light Horse; one year in the Imperial Light Horse; three years in the Hants Volunteers and one year in the Canadian Artillery. As an ex-rancher, he also appears to have served in the Corps of Cattle Rangers during the Boer War. It was however for the above cited deed as a Trooper in the South African Light Horse, that he won his D.C.M. His old C.O., Lieutenant-Colonel Barker, wrote the following letter of reference in August 1906:
‘I have great pleasure in certifying to the fact that the bearer, Mr. F. W. Stringer, served as a Trooper in the S.A.L.H. during the late war, under my command from November 1899, when the Corps was raised, until October 1900. He afterwards rejoined and during this second period served in a specially selected scouting corps from members of the Regiment.
During the recent rebellion in Natal & Zululand he served under my command in the Transvaal Mounted Rifles.
He is a very steady, reliable man, a good soldier, and has on several occasions displayed conspicuous gallantry in the field, one act of his coming under the notice of the Commander-in-Chief, and his name afterwards appeared as mentioned in despatches.’
During the Great War Stringer served with the 7th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment in India, from November 1914 until January 1918, and in Aden from January 1918 until January 1919
Frederick William Stringer served in the Corps of Cattle Rangers as number P315 (address Pretoria, Transvaal) and was discharged 30th November 1901.
The Buxton FID book shows his entry for the KSA and notes previous service with SALH and ASC.
A very nice group, indeed.