Victor Marwood STRINGFELLOW

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STRINGFELLOW , Victor Marwood

Service Number: 6855
Enlisted: 14 September 1916, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 13th Infantry Battalion
Born: Petersham, New South Wales, Australia, 1901
Home Town: Petersham, Marrickville, New South Wales
Schooling: Crystal Street Public School, Petersham, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Post Office assistant
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 27 September 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Leichhardt War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

14 Sep 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 6855, Sydney, New South Wales
8 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6855, 13th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
8 Nov 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 6855, 13th Infantry Battalion, SS Port Nicholson, Sydney
27 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6855, 13th Infantry Battalion, Polygon Wood

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Biography contributed by Peter Rankin

Victor was killed in the battle of Polygon Wood. He was only 16 years old when he was killed.

His epitaph reads:

FOREVER WITH THE LORD, PEACE, PERFECT PEACE,

WITH LOVED ONES FAR AWAY, IN JESUS'S KEEPING WE ARE SAFE, AND THEY.                                                     

Victor's father also served, 1093 Pte. Charles William Stringfellow (/explore/people/214009), 3rd Infantry Battalion. Charles was killed in action on the 15th of April 1917 and is buried in Beaumetz Cross Roads Cemetery, France.

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Adding to his mother’s distraught was that he has no known grave and his name is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.

His mother, Ethel was most upset about the fact that she had paid for an inscription on her son’s grave, and the military told her that no grave existed. She wrote to the authorities in 1930 expressing her concerns, another of which was the fact that her pension for both her husband and son had been stopped. In one paragraph she said, “Our soldiers wear the wreaths of everlasting life, and as they look down from the other side of life their spirits sigh at the injustices done on our earthly plane. Perhaps the military have done their work so well in the taking, they will try to do a little for me in the giving and give me details of my boys’ grave and also the private inscription that I paid for on a grave they tell me does not exist.”

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