Rank: Sapper
Number: 7176
Unit: No. 2 Siege Company, Royal Anglesey ROYAL ENGINEERS
Date of Death: 4 June 1915
Age: 23
Cemetery: St Chadís Churchyard, Romiley

When the 1901 Census was taken the Bruckshaws were living at 22 Chadkirk, Romiley. William and Nancy had been married for some time and had five children. Samuel was their second child and eldest son. He would follow in his father's footsteps, becoming a calico printer at the nearby Chadkirk Works. The Company would later include his name in their entry in the Manchester City Battalions Book of Honour.

The Royal Anglesey units of the Engineers had their roots in the militia and had been established in the mid-1760s. Originally intended to have specialist skills to be utilised in formal sieges, the Siege Company had become essentially another construction unit of the Corps by the time of the Great War.

Samuel had only been overseas since about the beginning of May 1915 when he was injured. The local newspaper reported that he had been shot underneath the shoulder. However, an examination of the Company's War Diary at the National Archives suggests that it was more likely he had actually been injured by shrapnel when a shell exploded at about 2.30pm on 24 May, killing one man (Lewis Cameron from Dumbartonshire) in No. 1 Section and injuring 9 more. The Diary does not record any other casualties around this time. Samuel will have received treatment at a field hospital and was then evacuated back to the UK and he was in hospital at Bury St Edmonds when he died from his injuries.

In the early 1920s, when the War Graves Commission collated its casualty information, Mrs Bruckshaw had moved to 42 Gaywood Lane, Romilay. Mr Bruckshaw had died in 1920.

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