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Old Basford, Nottingham
He was born in 1887 (registered J/F/M) the son of Francis Palethorpe Adams and Rose Adams nee Nursall. Francis and Rose were married in 1884 and were to have seven children: Matthew William, Samuel Reuben, May, Rose, Francis Osborne/Frank Osbund, Ernest N. and Albert E; all the children were born in Nottingham. In 1891 Francis, a lace dyer labourer, and Rose lived at 7 Pleasant Place, Old Basford, with their three children, Matthew (5), Samuel (4) and May (1). Ten years later in 1901 they were living at 20 Whitechapel Street, Old Basford. Francis was still working in the textile trade. He and Rose now had six children; Matthew (15), Samuel (14), May (11), Rose (8), Francis (6) and Ernest (2). Also in the household was Francis's wife's brother, Reuben Nursall (20, railway navvy), and his wife, Lily (18, lace curtain mender). Samuel married Ellen Abbiss in 1909 and at the time of the 1911 Census they were living at 14 Marlow Avenue, Basford. The same year his parents were living at 42 Bailey Street, Old Basford, with their children, May, Rose, Francis and Ernest and their youngest child, Albert (8), who had been born after the 1901 Census. The CWGC record gives Samuel's widow's address as 35 Rempstone Drive, Highbury Estate, Bulwell, Nottingham. Samuel's brother, Frank Osbund (name as service documents), served in the 7th Bn Sherwood Foresters and was killed on 13 October 1915 leaving a widow, Annie, and a baby daughter, Rose Annie. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial. His widow completed a form for the army in 1919 listing her late husband's surviving relatives: his widowed mother, Rose, was living at 170 Radford Road, Nottingham, with her sons Matthew (34), Ernest (20) and Albert (17) and her daughter Rose (27); her other daughter May was married (Turner). Samuel's father died in 1918 aged 54 and his mother in 1932 aged 67.
In 1901 Samuel was a wickerwork varnisher but by 1911 he was a stoker (boiler).
20 Oct 1914
873732 - CWGC Website
2nd Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Samuel may have been in the Territorials, volunteering on the outbreak of war as he was in France with the BEF by 8 September 1914. He was killed on 20 October 1914 but his death was not confirmed until 1916. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial (Panel 7). He qualified for the 1914 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Nottingham Post notice (abridged), 1 May 1916: 'Adams. Private Samuel Adams 9400, missing since October 20th 1914, officially reported killed. Wife, mother, father, sisters, brothers.'
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