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Harry Stringer

Harry Stringer

About Harry

Henry (Harry) Lionel Classon Stringer was born in Liverpool, Lancashire on the 16th June 1888, the son of Henry Lionel and Caroline Christina Stringer (née Classon).  In 1913, he married Elizabeth Edith Potter in Liverpool, and in 1915, they lived at 5, Wood Street, Litherland, Lancashire.  They had a daughter named Alice Rose, who was born on the 23rd April 1914.

He served as a first class waiter in the Stewards' Department on board the Lusitania and he was killed when she was sunk.

His body was never recovered and identified and as a result, he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.  He was aged 26 years.

He is also commemorated on a memorial in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, in Webster Street, Litherland.

His widow was eventually paid the balance of wages owing to him in August 1915, in respect of his sea service form 17th April until 8th May 1915, 24 hours after the ship had gone down.  In addition, The Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted her an annual pension of £45-11s-8d. (£45.58½p.), payable at the rate of £3-16s-0d. (£3.80p.) per month.

In 1920, Elizabeth Stringer immigrated to Boston, Massachusetts, in the United States of America, taking Alice with her.  Elizabeth married Francis Roy, and had more children.  Alice, who became a dress maker, never married and died in Wakeham, Massachusetts on the 20th October 1996.

Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1891 Census of England and Wales, 1901 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, Linda Tyrer, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.

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