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This post was contributed by Rebecca Illidge, a work experience student from Cheslyn Hay Sport and Community High School.

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Samuel Benoliel was born in 1894 in Wolverhampton and died in June 1963 in Birmingham, Warwickshire. He was the son of Abraham Benoliel and Sarah Hyams. He enlisted to the war in August 1914. As a child he was educated at Darlington Street and St Peter’s Schools. In 1917, age 23, he was gazetted a first-lieutenant and posted to the Warwickshire regiment after serving in the Dardanelles, Egypt and France. Samuel married in 1958 (marriage quarter 4) in the district of Solihull in the Warwickshire county to Miss Mawe.

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Other information about Samuel:

  • He was the youngest son of Abraham and Sarah.
  • His siblings were Rose, Julia, David, Miriam V., and Pearly.
  • In 1901 they were living at 41 and 42 Snow Hill, Wolverhampton.
  • In 1911 they were living at 38 North Street, Wolverhampton, by which date Samuel was a traveller for a tailor.
  • He served for the Royal Army Service Corps as well as the Warwickshire Regiment, serving first in Egypt from 12 July 1915.
  • An article about his promotion to first lieutenant appeared in the Express & Star on 31 August 1917.
  • His wife was Aileen Mawe.
  • He died 19 June 1963, and the value of his effects were £2088 17s.
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