Samuel HOOLE
Rank: Private
Number: 49048
Unit: 1st Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 26 October 1917
Age: 25
Cemetery: Tyne Cot Memorial. Zonnebeke, Belgium

Samuel was a married man who lived at 34 Kendall Street, South Reddish, with his wife and child. He was almost certainly related to Herbert Hoole who lived down the road at 5 Kendall Street.

His original service, 3850, suggests he originally enlisted, during 1915, into one of the Cheshires' Territorial Army Battalions - probably the local 6th Battalion - and saw active service with them. He was probably wounded or otherwise out of action for a while and, when he had recovered, he was transferred to the 1st Battalion and re=allocated a service number. This would have been in mid-1916.

He was killed during a tour of duty in the front line described here. His platoon commander wrote to his widow "He had been with me for a long time and was one of my best Lewis gunners. He was killed instantaneously and did not suffer."

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