Samuel SHAWCROSS
Rank: Private
Number: 40340
Unit: 2nd Battalion ROYAL SCOTS FUSILIERS
Date of Death: 1 September 1917
Age: 31
Cemetery: Bethleem Farm West Cemetery, Mesen, Belgium

Samuel was born in the Heaton Norris area, the son of Edwin and Eliza of 9 Beard Street. Nothing is known of his early days but, in 1908, he married Elizabeth Wood at All Saints Church. They lived at 20 Reuban Street and, by the time of the War, had one child.

Samuel worked at the Stockport mill of cotton spinners J & G Walthew Ltd (and is commemorated on the Company's entry in the Manchester City Battalions Book of Honour - Page 509). His army service number suggests he did not enlist early in the war and he was possibly conscripted in 1916.

On 1 September 1917, the Battalion was enjoying a relatively quiet time at a position a few miles south of Ypres, towards Armentieres, known as "Bristol Castle". The men were away from the front line trenches undertaking various working parties. Several of these parties were carrying material up to the front line. The Battalion's War Diary reports that "Two parties were caught in shellfire at 17th Manchesters HQ resulting in considerable casualties - 2 officers wounded, 4 other ranks killed, 21 wounded. Samuel was one of the four men who had lost their lives.

Later that month, the local newspaper carried the following "in memoriam" notice:-

"A bitter grief, a shock, severe

To part with one we loved so dear

Our loss is great - we'll not complain

But hope in heaven to meet again.

 

From his loving wife and child"

In 1919, Elizabeth married Herbert Rhodes at All Saints Church. Their address in the early 1920 was 9 Beard Street, although it's not known if Samuel's parents also still lived there.

   
           
   
     
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