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Samuel Cartwright was born in Wolverhampton in 1897, the son of Samuel and Ada Cartwright. In 1901 they were at 54 Moore Street, together with Samuel’s brother, Isaiah, and sisters Elizabeth, Lucy, Maria and Mary. His father, Samuel, died at the age of 36 later that year.

Samuel enlisted in the 1st Battalion of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers (number 27465). He died on 11 April 1918, at the age of 20. He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium