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Sampson was born in West Bromwich in 1876, the son of Thomas and Sarah Jones. In 1891 they were living at 41 Woodward Street, West Bromwich, together with Sampson’s step-brother Charles Page, brothers Thomas, John, Joseph, William G. and Arthur, and sisters Alice, Sarah J., Elizabeth, Esther, and Lois D. At this date, Sampson was a nut and bolt maker. They were at the same address in 1901, by which date Sampson was a soldier.

He married Honor Elizabeth Newman in Wolverhampton in 1905. In 1911, they were living at 23 Dunstall Street, together with daughter Irene Josephine and son Reginald Sampson, along with a visitor, Arthur Jones. Sampson had become a police constable with the Wolverhampton Borough Police Force. The couple had a further two children – Florence and Constance – in 1914 and 1915.

On October 19 1914, Sampson Jones was one of the police constables listed as having applied to rejoin their regiment in the Chief Constable’s Report Book. He became a Sergeant in the Royal Garrison Artillery (number 47402), first serving in France from 6 June 1915. He was killed in action on 20 January 1916. On 3 April 1916, the Chief Constable wrote to say that he had received a letter from Sampson’s widow, asking about his pension. The Watch Committee agreed that they were unable to pay any additional pension to her on top of that provided by the Government. They did, however, return the amount paid by her late husband into the Superannuation Fund. Sampson is remembered at Tancrez Farm Cemetery in Belgium

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