Samuel was born in Wolverhampton in 1895, the son of Isaac and Alice Winifred Beddows. In 1901 they were at 57 Pond Lane, with siblings John, Hugh, Neil, Roland, May and Charlie. By 1911, they were at 134 Pond Lane, Wolverhampton. Samuel was a labourer for an iron foundry. At some point he worked for Bayliss, Jones and Bayliss Ltd.
He enlisted with the D Company of the 6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 3440). He first served in France from 5 March 1915. According to an article in the Express & Star on 16 April 1915, he was struck by a flying fragment after a shell burst nearby, and he was killed on 9 April 1915. He is remembered at the St Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery, as well as on the Monmoor and Victoria Works Memorial, and the St Luke’s Church Memorial in Blakenhall.