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This blog post has been prepared by one of our work experience students, Matthew Lucas.


martin_samuelSamuel was born in Wolverhampton in 1887, the son of Henry and Mary Martin. His baptism was registered 26 April 1888 at St Paul’s Church. In 1901 they were living at 10 Hallets Row, Wolverhampton along with Samuel’s brother James. By 1911, he was living at 12 Cleveland Passage, Wolverhampton with his wife Gertrude and children Samuel Alfred and Annie Gertrude. At this time, Samuel was working as an “Iron Sand Blaster” in a foundry. An article from the Express & Star on 25th February 1916 confirmed that he worked for Patent Axelbox Works, Wednesfield.

In June 1915, Samuel enlisted in the 9th Service Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 15822). He would have landed at Boulogne on 24 August 1915 and was killed in action on 25 January 1916. He is buried at the Ration Farm Military Cemetery in La Chapelle D’armentieres in France.


Additional information about Samuel:

  • His baptism record stated that he was living at Graisley Passage, Wolverhampton at the time of his birth
  • He had three other siblings – Charles, Hannah and Mary
  • Samuels’ father, Henry, died between 1891 and 1901.
  • In 1901 at the age of 14 he was working as a “Cabinet & Locksmith Brass”.
  • Samuel married his wife, Gertrude Lewin (or Florence Gertrude on some records) in Wolverhampton in 1906, and the couple had four children – Samuel Alfred (1908), Annie Gertrude (1911), Ellen (1913) and Ada W. (1914).