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Samuel Francis Tudor was born in Wolverhampton in 1890, the son of Arthur William and Mary Elizabeth Tudor. In 1901, they were living at 9 Southampton Street, together with Samuel’s brothers Arthur William, George, Herbert and James Herbert, and sisters Clara Elizabeth and Ellen Amelia. Samuel married Hannah Evans in 1914. The couple went on to have six children – William, Mary, Clara, Doris, Maurice and Valerie – between 1915 and 1938.

He enlisted in the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 3561) and became a Lance-Corporal. On 12 May 1916 it was reported in the Express & Star that Samuel had been wounded. However, he clearly recovered from his wounds as he had a number of children after the war.