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Whittlesey, Cambridgshire
Samuel Cheshire Doubleday was born in 1892 at Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire and was the son of Samuel Stokes Doubleday a butcher and Alice Doubleday née Cheshire of Hickling village, Nottinghamshire. His father Samuel Stokes was born in 1863 at Bingham, his mother Alice Cheshire was born in 1864 at Whittlesey, they were married in 1890 at Whittlesey and went on to have the following children, Samuel Cheshire b1892, Thomas William b1893, Alice Maud b1895, Elsie May b1901 all were born at Whittlesey and Charlotte Eleanor b905 at Hickling. In the 1911 census the family was living at Hickling village and were shown as Samuel Stokes Doubleday 47 yrs a butcher who was living with his wife Alice 47 yrs and their children, Elsie May 10 yrs and Charlotte Eleanor 6 yrs of age. In the same 1911 census we find that Samuel Cheshire had left the family home and was shown as Samuel Cheshire 19 yrs a draper's assistant, living at Whittlesey with his uncle, Thomas Cheshire, 51 yrs a shopkeeper draper, and his aunt Eleanor 52 yrs of age. Probate, proven on 6th July 1918 at Peterborough, shows him as Samuel Cheshire Doubleday of 30 Whitmore Street, Whittlesea (the home of his uncle Thomas with whom he had lived and worked). It states Samuel was a private in the 3rd battalion The Buffs Regiment and died on on 8th May 1918 in France. He left 80 pounds 17 shillings and 5 pence. Thomas Cheshire was his executor .
He was a draper's shop assistant in the 1911 census.
08 May 1918
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The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)
Private Samuel Cheshire Doubleday enlisted in the East Kent (Buffs) Regiment on 13 July 1915 and received training at Purfleet, Canterbury and Colchester. He was drafted to France, landing on 13th July 1915 and was wounded in the battles of Hooge and Loos. At one time he was a lance corporal and later a sergeant, but he relinquished this position when he left Belton Park, where he was in the gun section. In November 1917 he last visited his family, one imagines in Melton Mowbray where they reportedly now lived, returning to France a few days later. After that he spent time in a convalescent home recuperating from an attack of bronchitis. Only shortly after this, on 8 May 1918, he was killed, aged 26. He is buried in the Nine Elms British Cemetery in the Ieper area, West Flanders.
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