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Samuel was born in Wolverhampton in 1895, the son of John and Amelia Skitt. In 1901 they were living at the back of 114 Oxford Street, Bilston, together with Samuel’s siblings Alice, Nelly and Harold. They were at 13 Greencroft, Bilston, by 1911, and had an additional daughter, Emily. Samuel’s trade was given as “Driller”.

Samuel enlisted with the 1st Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 10109), first as a Private, and then becoming a Corporal. He first served in the Balkans from 21 July 1915. On 10 February 1917, the Express & Star published his name amongst those listed as wounded. However, this appears to have been a mistake, as he was killed in action on 11 January 1917. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial as well as on the Town Hall Ward Roll of Honour.