Rank: Private
Number: 30115
Unit: 16th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 3 December 1916
Age: 18
Cemetery: Habarcq Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France

Nothing is known of Sam's life except that Regimental records indicate he was born in Stockport and enlisted in the town. Assuming that his given name was Sam and not Samuel, then there is only one boy listed on the 1901 Census who was born in Stockport and was still living there. His service number indicates he volunteered for the army in early 1916 and probably went overseas during the summer.

Between 1 and 3 December 1916, the 16th Cheshires were in trenches near the French town of Arras. This was a quiet sector although there was periodic shelling by the enemy. During the three days, three soldiers were wounded. Two of them are believed to have recovered. The third, Sam, was more seriously injured. He would have received quick attention from the Battalion's own Medical Officer before being evacuated by the Army Medical Corps "field ambulance" unit to an Advanced Dressing Station, where he died. This was probably no more than a few hours after he was injured.

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