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whiteheadSamuel George Whitehead was born in Walsall in 1894, the son of George and Emma Jane Whitehead. By 1901 they had moved to Wolverhampton and were living at 60 Stafford Street. Samuel and his parents appeared together with his sister Florence and a servant, John Illidge. Samuel attended Red Cross Street School and later Dudley Road School, before working at the Star Engineering Company.

At the start of the war, Samuel was called up to the 7th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 9138) and became a Lance Corporal. He was wounded in battle on Christmas Day 1914 but recovered and later returned, only to be killed in the Dardanelles on 11 December 1915. By this date his parents were living at 64 Byrne Road, Blakenhall. An article about him appeared in the Midland Counties Express on 6 January 1917. He is commemorated at the Azmak Cemetery, Suvla, in Turkey, as well as on the St Luke’s Church Memorial in Blakenhall.

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