Samuel was born in Wolverhampton in 1897, the son of Samuel and Alice Hill. In 1901 they were living at 94 Thorneycroft Lane, Heath Town, Wolverhampton, along with Samuel’s siblings Thomas Alfred, Elisha, Alice Elizabeth and Harold. By 1911 they were at Oak View, Scotlands, and Samuel had an additional five siblings – William Henry, Emily, Beatrice, Herbert and Lily.
Samuel enlisted with the 4th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers (service number 16690) and became a Lance Corporal. He later served as a Corporal with the Royal Scots (number 353176). He served in France from 7 December 1915 until 1 August 1916. On 26 July 1916, he received a gun shot wound in the right leg, and he was listed among the wounded in the Express & Star on 15 September 1916. He served at home from 2 August 1916 until 28 September 1918.At that point, he was transferred to Class P(T) Army Reserve, working in the Holly Bank Colliery in Staffordshire. He therefore survived the First World War. However, he appears to have rejoined his regiment at a later date, as he was killed in action in Russia on 10 August 1919, while serving with the 45th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers. He is remembered on the Archangel Memorial, and the Wednesfield Village Roll of Honour.