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The son of Samuel and Elizabeth Thomas, Samuel was born in 1898. In 1901, he was living with his parents in Sedgley. By 1911 they were living at 1 Rounds Row, Highfield Road, Bradley, Bilston, and Samuel had gained four brothers – Alfred, Harry, George and Albert. Samuel was working at an iron foundry.

Samuel enlisted as a Private with the North Staffordshire Regiment (number 65217). On 27 March 1919, he died at the Military Hospital at Clipstone in Nottinghamshire. He is buried at Coseley (Christ Church) Old Churchyard.