Tracking wartime exploits

Discussion in 'The War at Sea' started by daisy1942, Jul 10, 2016.

  1. daisy1942

    daisy1942 Junior Member

    I am interested in family history and I am hoping people on this site might be able to help fill in the gaps in my father-in-law’s war time history and that this might produce clues to his earlier life. I have tried the various birth, death and marriage records without success. I have also tried the Military records here in the UK again without success The names on the ships in 1944 onwards come from DM Stringer's CRS10 but I have only a partial copy.
    Can anyone help me with the following questions:
    What was DM Stringer doing in Singapore?
    How he travel there?
    How did he get from Emmerhaven/Padang to Trinidad?
    Are there surviving Crew list for any of the ships mentioned and does the name DM Stringer appear on them?
    It is possible that until Trinidad he may have been using his brother’s name.

    Thank you for reading and most of the known details are below. If anything is unclear or if there are questions, please ask.

    Full Name Dominic Michael Stringer
    Born 14.04.1919 or 1922
    Father John Patrick Stringer (taken from marriage certificate)
    Mother Unkown

    He was brought up in Glasgow, sibling known as “Jack” but nothing else is known of his early years.

    World War Two
    DM Stringer was in Singapore in the weeks before the fall. We do not know what he was doing there nor how he got there.

    DM Stringer was in Singapore for at least two weeks before it fell. He left on 13/14 February 1942 on board Daisy under the command of Capt. W. Walmsley. Also on board were Purvis, Peter Black; Stewart, James George; McArthur, William; McMahon, Gerald Manning; Dyce, John (Medical Hall, Singapore); Campbell (Gatty & Bateman) and six naval ratings (one report says five ratings and a petty officer). The named men all knew each other and all had some connection with Scotland.
    At the mouth of the Djambi river, Daisy was scuttled and her crew were taken upstream by S.Lt. Weatherstone-Lammert, who commanded P10 The group travelled together across the mountains to Padang where most seemed to escape on board the Duijmaer Van Twist. Many of those aboard Daisy, P10 and P12 appear on the Zandaam passenger list available at the NAA. DM Stringer does not appear on either list and I do not know how he left Padang. P10 and P12 were Dutch patrol boats that were loaned to the British Royal Navy. DM Stringer was identified as one of the naval ratings on board Daisy. I have information about the Zandaam and its passenger and crew lists lists but there are gaps in time and most lists I have seen are incomplete.

    Late in 1942, DM Stringer enlisted into the USED whilst in Trinidad. He said he arrived in Trinidad after his ship had been torpedoed nearby. He frequented the Old Racecourse in Port of Spain where many merchant seamen stayed after arriving in Trinidad. He married Evelyn Genevieve Stringer in Bridgetown, Barbados. Throughout that year he worked on board Delamar and Wellandoc.

    In 1944 DM Stringer was in Montreal, Canada and signed on Samspeed bound for the Mediterranean. Thereafter he served on Fort Massac, Trevanion and Empire Bairn. He was not averse to getting into trouble and was involved in at least one Naval Court. He was returned to the UK on 2.7.1945

    Thank you for reading.

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