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  • Buried in Houchin British Cemetery, France. (www.cwgc.org)
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Samuel was the son of Samuel and Mary Ann Waldram (née Norman). His father Samuel was born in Nottingham in about 1848 and may have been the son of Thomas, a tailor, and Mercy Waldram who in 1851 and 1861 were living at 24 Pierrepont Street, Nottingham. In 1861 Samuel (14) was a silk winder. No record of the registration of the marriage between Samuel Waldram and Mary Ann Norman has yet been traced but they had at least three children who were born in Nottingham: Samuel b. 1881, Gertrude b. 1885 and May b. 1891. (Birth registrations: mother's maiden name 'Norman'.) In 1891 Mary A Waldram (40 b. Nottingham), a lace worker, was living on Queen's Road, Nottingham, and described on the census as married and head of household. In the home on the night of the census were her two children Samuel (9) and Gertrude (5). May was born later that year. Samuel snr. has not yet been traced on the 1891 Census. However, his name appears in City and County Directories for 1899 and 1900 listed under 'Haberdashers' at 29 Monk Street, Blue Bell Hill Road, Nottingham. By 1901 the family was living at 75 Flewitt Street, Nottingham. Samuel (52) a hosiery framework knitter, was in the family home with his wife, described as a smallware dealer 'at home', together with their three children, Samuel a bleacher, Gertude a frilling hand and May (9). Samuel's name appears again in a 1902 City and County Directory listed under 'Drapers and Haberdashers' at 75 Flewitt Street and 29 Massey Street, Nottingham. Mary Ann Waldram died in 1902 and her husband six years later on 20 July 1908 . The Probate record gave his address as Carrington Terrace, Salford Street, Nottingham. Adminstration of his Will was awarded to two people including his son Samuel. Samuel married Ethel May Marriott in 1905. Ethel was born in Nottingham in 1880 and in 1881 she and her parents, George, a railway porter, and Elizabeth Jane Marriott, were living on St Saviour's Street, Nottingham. Samuel and Ethel were living at 4 Cardiff Street, Nottingham, in 1911. Samuel was a bleacher (lace finisher). He and Ethel had a daughter, Ida Marjorie (b. 1908). A son, George S., was born later that year but died in 1912 before his first birthday. At the time of Samuel's death in 1918 the family was living at 47 Denstone Road, Carlton Road, Nottingham. His widow Ethel died in 1936. Their daughter Ida was still living at the same address when the 1939 England & Wales Register was compiled.
In 1901 he was a lace bleacher and later a foreman bleacher. He worked for Messrs. G. and W. W. Hickling for 18 years before enlisting in 1915.
26 Aug 1918
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Lance Corporal
  • MM MM Military Medal
2/5th Bn Lancashire Fusiliers
Lance Corporal Samuel Waldram, M.M. enlisted in May, 1915. Formerly of the Sherwood Foresters (Notts. and Derby Regiment), he served with the 2/5th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers. Samuel was wounded in 1917 and killed in action the following year on 26 August 1918. He is buried in Houchin British Cemetery, France (grave ref. III. G. 8.). The award of his Military Medal was published in the 'London Gazette,' 7th October 1918. CWGC - History of Houchin British Cemetery (extract): 'The cemetery was opened in March 1918 when the 6th Casualty Clearing Station came to Houchin. From April to September the German advance made Houchin unsafe for hospitals, and the cemetery was used by the 55th (West Lancashire) Division. In September 1918, the 6th Casualty Clearing Station returned to Houchin and was joined by the 15th CCS in October.' (www.cwgc.org)
Probate: Waldram Samuel of Carrington-terrace Salford-street Nottingham died 20 July 1908 Probate 11 August to William Frank Smithdale iron moulder and Samuel Waldram lace bleacher. Effects £64 11s. 11d. Report published on 22nd September 1918 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “NOTTINGHAM MILITARY MEDALLIST. “Corporal Sam Waldram, Lancashire Fusiliers, formerly of the Notts. and Derby Regiment, who was killed in action on the Western front last month, was a foreman bleacher in the service of Messrs. G. and W. W. Hickling for 18 years prior to joining the army. He enlisted in May, 1915, and was wounded in 1917. “An intimation has reached Mrs. Waldram, who resides on Denstone Road, Carlton Road, Nottingham, that her husband was awarded the Military Medal for bravery some months ago.” 'In memoriam' notice published 26th August 1919 in The Nottingham Evening Post :- “WALDRAM. – In loving memory of my dear husband, Corpl. Samuel Waldram, M.M., Lancs. Fusiliers, killed in action August 26th, 1918. Shattered hopes. – From loving wife and Ida [daughter]." “WALDRAM. – In affectionate remembrance of our dear brother, Corporal Samuel Waldram, M.M., killed in action August 26th, 1918. Also our dear father, Samuel Waldram, who died July 20th, 1908. Until the day breaks. Re-united. – Gert, May, Oliver, and Wag.” Above courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918 Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 9 October 1918: ‘Waldram. Killed in action, August 26th, 1918, Cpl. Sam Waldram,. MM, Lancashire Fusiliers. God’s will be done. From his faithful friend, Pte J Richardson in Scotland.' (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Samuel's widow, Ethel, was his sole legatee.
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  • Buried in Houchin British Cemetery, France. (www.cwgc.org)
    Samuel Waldram - Buried in Houchin British Cemetery, France. (www.cwgc.org)