Rank: Lance Corporal
Number: 12043
Unit: 19th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: (Officially recorded as) 13 February 1916
Age: 21
Cemetery: Carnoy Military Cemetery, Somme, France

Samuel's name is remembered on the Hazel Grove War Memorial and he is believed to be the Samuel Cunliffe remembered on the Bredbury and Romiley Memorials

James Condliffe and Annie Eardley had married at St Peter's Church, Congleton in the closing months of 1894. He was a police constable and the family would move around Cheshire over the coming years, depending on where he was stationed. At the time, it was probably in Sandbach and this is where Samuel was born the following year. In 1897, the birth of his sister, Ada, was registered at Nantwich. A few years later, in 1901, when the Census was taken, they were living at Yew Tree Terrace, Lymm.

Another move would take the family to Romiley where they stayed for about six years. They worshipped at St Chad's Church and Samuel attended its Sunday School. A final move brought them to Hazel Grove where they are understood to have lived at 20 Cooke Street. Samuel kept his connection with Romiley as he worked for Joshua Schofield & Sons Ltd. This was a firm of cotton bleachers and dyers with premises at 96 Stockport Road.

The 19th Battalion was the fourth of the "Pals" units recruited by the Manchester Regiment in September 1914 and Samuel was an original member. When he joined up, at Manchester, he was assigned to No. 9 Platoon in "C" Company. Some details of the recruitment and training can be found here. In November 1915, the Pals were deemed ready to go overseas on active service.

On 11 February, Samuel and his comrades started another tour of duty in the trenches near the Somme village of Carnoy. He was reported to have been killed when the trenches were shelled whilst the sentries were being changed over. The official records of his death record this as happening on the 13th. However, an examination of the Battalion's War Diary, written at the time, suggests this to be an error and that his death occurred on the first night of the tour. "On night of 11 - 12th, 2 men were killed & one wounded by H. E (high explosive) shell bursting on a traverse in 58 trench". One of Samuel's officers wrote to the family saying he had been one of the best NCOs and was always willing to carry our work entrusted to him.

Further information about Samuel, including a photograph, can be found in the book "Hazel Grove to Armageddon" by John Eaton.

It's probable that when names were collected for the Bredbury and Romiley Memorials, a simple error occurred over the spelling of Samuel's surname as the family hadn't lived there for some while.

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