PTE George Stringer VC

1st Battalion The Manchester Regiment, part of the pre-war Jullundur Brigade in the Lahore Division of the Indian Army Corps, had fought in the battles of the Western Front since the end of September 1914 and then went to Mesopotamia in January 1916. Heavy fighting had been in progress for some time before their arrival with the object of effecting the relief of the troops besieged in Kut el Amara. When the Manchesters joined the Army in camp the bulk of the force was on the left bank of the River Tigris above the River Wadi, while the advanced troops were already in contact with the Turkish Army entrenched in their Umm-el-Hannah position.

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