Samuel CARTWRIGHT
Rank: Private
Number: 43208
Unit: 16th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 21 March 1918
Age: 22
Cemetery: Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France

In the early 1880s, Patrick Hanrahan and Eliza Downs married in the Stockport area and would have at least two children together - Edith and Thomas. Patrick died in 1892 and, two years later, Eliza married again at St Paul's Church. Her new husband was a widower, Charles Cartwright, a rope maker by trade. They must have spent some time living in Yorkshire as their first child together, Samuel, was born in Hunslet, Leeds, in the opening months of 1896.

The family had returned to the Stockport area by 1900 when Bertha was born and, the next year, the Census records them living at 4 Cairns Court. Nothing is known of the next 15 years of Samuel's life, but when the Great War started, he was not amongst the first to enlist. When he did join up, at Stockport, he enlisted into the Cheshire Regiment. He was given a service number of 33169 which is consistent with him joining in the early months of 1916. He never served abroad with the Cheshires and was, no doubt, transferred to the Manchesters when he had finished his training in the early summer. He will have joined the Battalion as one of a draft of replacements for casualties from the Battle of the Somme in the summer and autumn of that year.

Samuel was killed on the first day of the German spring offensive described here.

When the War Graves Commission collated its casualty information in the early 1920s, Eliza Cartwright was living at 117 Old Road, Heaton Norris.

   
           
   
     
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