Samuel DANIELS
Rank: Private
Number: 202180
Unit: 16th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 19 August 1917
Age: 28
Cemetery: Villers-Faucon Communal Cemetery, Somme, France

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission lists Samuel's next of kin as Mr J Daniels, 19 Green Lane, Hazel Grove. John Eaton, in his book "Hazel Grove to Armageddon" identifies Samuel's parents as being John and Sarah and that Samuel was baptised in 1883. This would make him about 18 by the time of the 1901 Census. No-one of that name and age is listed in the Census as having any local connection, however, there is a 12 year old born and living in Hazel Grove who seems to be a possible candidate as the future soldier. Due to lack of funding for this project, it has not been possible to look at the "pay-to-view" section of the on-line Census which would identify the family relationships of the several people named Daniels living in Hazel Grove at that time. 

Samuel's service number indicates that he did not enlist until the beginning of 1917 and that, originally, he was attached to 1/4th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. The 1/4th was in the Middle East throughout the year and it's unlikely that Samuel ever saw active service with them. It is more likely that, after training, he was assigned directly to the 16th Battalion in France. The original members of the Battalion were known as "Bantams" as they were all below the original regulation height for the army, but by mid-1916, men of all heights were assigned as replacements.

On 19 August, the Battalion was at Lempire, approximately 20 kilometres north east of the French town of Peronne. They were in support of an attack by the 15th Cheshires and "W" Company gave covering fire. After the 15th had secured it's objectives, "X" and "Z" Companies carried stores and ammunition up to the new front line. Samuel is believed to have been one of the Battalion's signallers and was with another local man, Cresswell Grimshaw, when they were both killed. Click here for details of what happened. They are now buried in adjacent graves.

   
           
   
     
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