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  • Nottingham Evening Post, 28 July 1916.
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Job was the son of Job and Annie Samples nee French. His father Job was the son of Henry and Sarah Samples and born in 1876 (A/M/J Nottingham) and baptised on 30 July 1876 at St Luke, Sneinton. His parents lived at Victoria Place, Sneinton. His mother Annie was the daughter of Thomas and Annie French who was born on 3 December 1878 (1879 J/F/M Nottingham) and baptised on 12 February 1879 at St Mark, Nottingham. Her parents lived at 3 Salisbury Court. Job and Annie were married on 26 October 1896 (O/N/D Nottingham) at St Stephen, Sneinton, and they had two children: Emma Elizabeth birth registered 1897 (J/F/M Nottingham) bap. 4 April 1897 St Catherine Nottingham, and Job birth registered 1899 (J/F/M Nottingham). Job and Annie were living on Keswick Street, Sneinton, when Emma was baptised in 1897 but in 1901 they were living at 4 Fields Yard, Hermit Street, Nottingham, with their two children Emma (4) and Job (2). Job snr. (25), was working as a glue finisher. Another daughter, Clara, was born in 1902 (A/M/J Nottingham). Emma Elizabeth died in 1909 (J/F/M Nottingham) age 11. By 1911 Annie (32), a cardboard box maker (fancy lace), was living at Saffron Yard, Albert Street, Nottingham, as a boarder in the home of Thomas Spencer (42), single, a general labourer with the borough council. The census recorded that Annie had been married for 14 years and had had six children of whom only three were still living: Job, Clara and Lilian (Lilian Spencer Samples, birth registered 1909 (A/M/J Nottingham). Two of the children were in the house on the night of the census - Job (12) and Lily (2) - but Clara was a visitor at 15 Cur Lane, Beck Street, Nottingham, the home of Frank and Annie Hayes. Another child, Edward S Samples, was born in 1912 (J/F/M Nottingham, French), probably on 5 February (Edward Spencer Samples b. 5 February 1912 d.1971 J/F/M Halifax). Annie married Thomas S Whittaker (probably Thomas Spencer) in 1914 (J/A/S Nottingham). No record has yet been traced of the death of her husband, Job Samples, but a notice in the local paper on the death of his brother Henry in June 1918 names Henry's siblings including 'brother Job missing'. Annie and Thomas had two children after their marriage, Louisa, b. 11 September 1915 (J/A/S Nottingham, French) and Albert b. 1920 (O/N/D Nottingham, French). A report of Job's death in the local paper in 1916 gave his address as 47 Brassey Street, Radford. The CWGC record gives Annie's address as 3 Hatley Terrace, Castleton Street, Nottingham. However, by 1939 at the time of the England & Wales Register, Thomas Whittaker (b. 30 September 1866), 'retired', and Annie, a cardboard box maker, were living at 130 Wilford Grove, Meadows. Also in the household were their daughter Louisa, whose occupation was given as unpaid domestic duties, and Elizabeth Stockdale (b. June 1874) single and working as a roll ironer. Thomas Whittaker died aged 79 in 1944 (J/F/M Nottingham) and Annie probably died in 1977 (J/F/M Nottingham) aged 98.
14 Jun 1916
262115 - CWGC Website
C Coy 17th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Served as George Samples. “C” Company, 17th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire) Regiment (Welbeck Rangers) He was killed in action on 14th June 1916 and is buried in Le Touret Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L'Avoue (grave ref. III.G.30).
He was the son of Mrs. Annie Whittaker, of 3, Hatley Terrace, Castleton St., Nottingham.' (CWGC) Nottingham Evening Post, 28 July 1916. Photograph with caption: 'Pte Job Samples (Sherwood Foresters), 47, Brassey St. Radford, killed in action June 14, aged 17.’ (britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’ 14 June 1917: ‘Samples. In loving memory of Private Job Samples, killed in action June 14th 1915, Beloved mother and sister.’ (www.britishnexwxpaperarchive.co.uk) 'In memoriam' notice published 17th November 1919, Nottingham Evening Post :- “FRENCH. – In loving memory of my dear son, Thomas French, killed at sea November 16th, 1916; also my dear grandson, Job Samples, killed in action June 16th, 1916. Ever in our thoughts. – Mother [Elizabeth French] and sister Clara.” Above 'In memoriam' notice is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918 Fireman Thomas French lost his life in the sinking of the S.S. Vasco when it struck a mine 10 miles off Beachy Head on 16th November 1916. He is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial. Nottingham Evening Post, 'Roll of Honour', 19 June 1918 :- SAMPLES. – Died of wounds received in action on June 13th, 1918, Pte. H. Samples, of the T.M.B., aged 40. Sleep on, dear son, thy pains are o'er, thy tender heart will ache no more. – From his sorrowing mother and father and four children, brothers Harold and Ernest in France, brother Job missing, and sisters. Loved and respected by all. Of 47 Newark-street.”
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  • Nottingham Evening Post, 28 July 1916.
    Job Samples - Nottingham Evening Post, 28 July 1916.