The son of Thomas and Eve Wood, Samuel was born in Wolverhampton on 20 February 1892. They were living at 18 Cornhill, Wolverhampton, in 1901, together with Samuel’s siblings John, Thomas and Elizabeth. On 7 December 1905, he began as an apprentice working with the London and North Western Railway.
On 23 September 1909, he enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery (number 58647), when his occupation was given as groom. On his service record, his character from a civil employment point of view is described as
Honest, sober, clean, hardworking and reliable. Intelligent. Accustomed in the care of horses. A good storeman. Always satisfactory.
At the start of the First World War, Samuel went to France, and rose to become Acting Bombardier. He was hit by a chance shell on 16 June 1915. He died in hospital the following evening. According to an article in the Midland Counties Express dated 10 July 1915, he was buried in a churchyard, marked by a cross made by the battery, bearing his name and date of death. His address previously was given as Red Hill Street, Wolverhampton. A letter on his Service Record indicates that his brother had previously attended the Royal Deaf and Dumb Schools in Manchester, as they were trying to contact him to notify him of his brother’s decease. Samuel is now remembered at the Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery in Belgium.