Samuel was born in Wolverhampton in 1894, the son of Samuel and Emma Gorton. In 1901 they were living at 41 Kimberley Street, Wolverhampton, along with his siblings Frank S., Lily, Bertha, Sidney George, and Henry F. They were at 42 Ashland Street by 1911, and Samuel was a machinist for a pump engineer.
At the outbreak of Samuel, Samuel enlisted with the 2nd Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 9304), becoming a Lance Corporal. He was wounded and invalided home, but recovered and returned to the front, only to be killed in action on 24 November 1915. Samuel was featured in the Midland Counties Express on 5 February 1916. He is buried at Cambrin Military Cemetery, and is remembered on the war memorial of St Chad and St Mark’s Church.