An article appeared in the Midland Counties Express on 17 November 1917 mentioning Samuel Ansell of Bilston, who had lived with his sister Mrs Meese at 17 Bow Street, Bilston. He was 30 years old when he enlisted into the Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment 2 years ago, and had been wounded twice while on active duty for 18 months. He had been greatly respected by all. The article was accompanied by a photograph.

The CWGC website has “S Ansell Rank: Private Service No: 18527 Date of Death: 09/10/1917 Regiment/Service: York and Lancaster Regiment 6th Bn. Grave Reference: XLIV. D. 16.Cemetery: POELCAPELLE BRITISH CEMETERY.” This cemetery is in Belgium.

Details from S Ansell’s Medal Card Index are “Private no 18527 York & Lanc R” Remarks ” K in A 9-10-17″ Theatre of War first served in “3 Egypt Date of Entry therein 25-10-15.”

Military records include his Casualty Form Active Service and Medical History. Some entries are difficult to decipher however we learn that he was born at Sedgwick (Sedgley) enlisted at Pontefract 21 Jan 1915, Occupation: Miner, he had various scars, his age was 29 years 11 months, and he was 5ft 7¾ ins tall. Joined Bn 21-11-15, Evacuated Gallipoli 20-12-15, Arrived in Egypt 3-12-15, Wounded in action 12-12-16, Rejoined Battalion 28-12-16, Admitted to Hospital again 1st or possibly 4-1-17, Rejoined Battalion from Hospital 15-3-17, Adm Scabies 12/4/17, To duty 29/4/17.

The entries for Samuel Ansell in the UK Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects include his Regiment and No, and show that he died 9.10.17 in France, and that payments of £6.16s.1d, of 17s.6d, and of £12.10s were made to his family, split equally between his brother William, and sisters Sarah Meese, Alice Wright, and Prudence Marriott.

Samuel Ansell’s Birth Registration was traced via FreeBMD at Dudley, in the 1st quarter of 1886

On the 1891 census Samuel appears as Samuel Hansell age 6, a Visitor, living with Sarah Meese, Head of Household, age 23, Housekeeper, and her baby daughter Clara, Thomas Hansell age 16 another Visitor, and Prudence Hansell, Relative, age 19, occupation, Brick Maker, at 5 Bridge Street Sedgley.

The1901 census has Samuel living at 161 Caledonia Street Bilston with Samuel and Sarah Meese, their children Alice, Violet, Arthur and Sarah,  and William Ansell brother age 24 , and Samuel Ansell also brother age 15 occupation ironworks labourer.  The Meese family appear on the 1911 census living in Bilston at Mountford Lane, but there is no mention of Samuel. Despite several searches, he was not to be found living elsewhere at the time of the 1911 census.