Samuel ROYLE
Rank: Rifleman
Number: A/201968
Date of Death: 8 September 1918
Age: 20
Cemetery: Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France

By 1914, Charles Royle owned four butchers shops in the Stockport area. He had married Maria Wolfe in 1895 and they would have at least three children together – Charles, Samuel and Olivia. It’s not known if Samuel went into the family business and almost nothing is known of his early life. He was an active member of the Stockport Sunday School and its magazine would later say “He was like a ray of sunshine bringing happiness to all who come in contact with him.”

When Samuel first enlisted, he joined the Army Service Corps, enlisting at the Corps main driver training depot at Grove Park in London. However, he never served abroad with them and was, most probably, transferred to the Rifle Corps when he had finished his basic training.

For most of the War, Abbeville was a centre for military hospitals, situated in safety many miles behind the front line. Samuel had been wounded whilst at the front and, after being treated by his own Battalion medical officer, he would have been evacuated to a field hospital, perhaps 20 miles behind the front. Here any necessary surgery would have been undertaken to stabilise his condition sufficiently for him to be moved to the more permanent facilities at Abbeville. It is not possible to know when he was wounded.

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