Samuel was born in Wolverhampton on 16 March 1884, the son of Charles and Maria Bushell. In 1901 the family were living at 133 Alma Street, Wolverhampton along with Samuel’s siblings James, John, May J., Henry, George, Annie and Beatrice. Samuel was working for a brewery. They were at the same address in 1911. In 1914, Samuel married Kate Hall in Wolverhampton.
Although Samuel does not appear to have done any military service during the First World War, he served locally as a special constable in Wolverhampton. Samuel died on 13 January 1961, by which date his address was 22 Victoria Road, Fallings Park, Wolverhampton. The value of his effects was £1832 9s. 9d.