Samuel SPILSBURY
Rank: Private
Number: 265817
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 31 July 1917
Age: 22
Cemetery: Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, Belgium

Samuel was the son of William and Mary Elizabeth and the family home was at 17 Bamford Street, Stockport. The 1901 Census records William, then aged 29, working as a felt hat finisher. Mary, who had been born in Hazel Grove was aged27.

He was the older brother of William also commemorated on the memorial.

Both of them worked at Robinson's Hat Works, Reddish and both were pre-war members of the Territorial Army. They were mobilised when war was declared in August 1914 and went overseas in the November. An account of the Battalion's early months of service is here.

On 31 July, they advanced together in an attack on the German position at St Julien, near Ypres, on the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele. After the attack. both brothers were reported as missing. By January 1918, the family had received notification that Samuel had been killed in action, but there was no news of William. William's body was never found and identified and he is commemorated on the nearby memorial to the Missing,

   
           
   
     
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