6 April 2010

3195155 Pte Gordon Strowger, 5th Bn, Seaforth Highlanders

Four hundred and sixty-six men died on the 6th April 1943. Twenty-seven year old 3195155 Private Gordon Strowger of the 5th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders lost his life in North Africa. He was a Manchester-born man, living in Manchester when he joined up. He was the son of Ernest and Elizabeth Freeman, and the husband of Ivy Strowger of Lower Broughton, Salford, Lancashire. He is buried in the Sfax War Cemetery in Tunisia.

The Commonwealth War Gaves Commission states:

"In May 1943, the war in North Africa came to an end in Tunisia with the defeat of the Axis powers by a combined Allied force. In the south, the Axis forces, defeated in Egypt at El Alamein, withdrew into Tunisia along the coast through Libya, pursued by the Allied Eighth Army. Most of those buried in Sfax War Cemetery died in attacks on successive Axis positions at Medenine, the Marith Line and Wadi Akarit, in March and April 1943. The cemetery contains 1,253 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 52 of them unidentified."

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.


Ancestry (UK Army Roll of Honour 1939-1945)
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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