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Samuel was born in Wolverhampton in 1893, the son of Emmanuel and Kezia Jones. Emmanuel died in 1898, so by 1901 Samuel was living with his widowed mother and siblings Kezia, Annie and Alfred at 72 Oxford Street, Wolverhampton. Kezia remarried to a John Quinton in 1906, so by 1911 Samuel appeard at 1 Brunswick Street, Wolverhampton, with his mother, sisters, step-father, step-sister Eliza, and nephew, Robert Simmons. Samuel had become a wine and spirit bottler.

Samuel enlisted at Wolverhampton initially in the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 4873) and later in the 10th Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment (number 39991). He died of wounds in France on 31 October 1916. He is buried at the Contay British Cemetery, as well as being commemorated on the M & B Springfield Brewery Works Memorial (which is presumably where he worked), and that of the Wolverhampton Higher Grade School, which he would have attended.