Samuel BOOTH
Rank: Private
Number: 49840
Unit: 9th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 16 November 1916
Age: 33
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Samuel's birth was registered at Heaton Norris between April and June 1883. By the 1901 Census, he was aged 18 and was working as a yarn knotter in a cotton mill. He's not known to have married and probably lived all his life with his parents, John and Hannah, at the family home at 16 Clarke Street, Stockport.

Samuel's original service number, 5041, indicates that, when he joined up, he originally enlisted into one of the Cheshire Regiment's Territorial Battalions -probably the local 6th Battalion. This would have been in late 1915 or early 1916. After training, he will have gone overseas with the Territorials but will have been immediately reassigned to the 9th Battalion and given the above new number in the early summer of 1916

On 16 November, the Battalion had been on a tour of duty in the front line for several days. This was near the village of Aveluy in the heart of the Somme battlefield. On a day when Samuel was one of 14 members of his unit to be killed, the Battalion's War Diary makes no reference to casualties recording only "The enemy continued to shell our trenches". Two other local men, James Crone and Ernest Hayward, were amongst the 14. None of the three has a known grave.

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