Samuel WATERHOUSE
Rank: Private
Number: 13776
Unit: 12th Battalion Cheshire Regiment
Date of Death: 5 February 1918
Age: 31
Cemetery: Doiran Military Cemetery, Greece

According to Regimental records, Samuel was born in the parish of St Pauls C of E Church, Great Portwood Street, Stockport. The 1901 Census lists him, then aged 16, working as a Reeler at a cotton mill. It has not been able to confirm any family details or if he ever married.

It is possible that Samuel may have continued employment in the cotton industry and a man listed as S Waterhouse is included in a list of employees of Compstall Mill, who served in the War. The Mill was a member of the Calico Printers Association and the list of employees is included in the Association's entry in the Manchester Battalions' Book of Honour (page 777).

Samuel's service number confirms he enlisted into the army in September 1914 and will have gone overseas with the Battalion a year later, after training. Apart from a few weeks in France, all of Samuel's service will have been in Greece, where British troops faced the Bulgarian Army.

February 1918 was a particularly quiet time for the 12th Cheshires and there are few details contained in the Battalion's War Diary. Samuel is recorded as being killed in action but there is no more information available. Regimental records indicate he was the only member of the battalion to be killed that day, probably indicating he was killed by a sniper or shrapnel from an exploding shell.

   
           
   
     
© 2006. Design and Layout are the property of Ihelm Enterprises Limited and cannot be reproduced without express permission.
 
Enter Search Phrase Here:(search may take up to 30 seconds) 
 
Close Search Window