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Father:Henry Samples, born in 1856 at Nottingham and working as a leather dresser. Mother: Sarah Samples, born in 1855 at Derby. Brother: Job, born in 1877 in Nottingham and working at a bone works. Sister: Ellen, born in 1881 in Nottingham. The family lived at 58 Thoresby Street, Nottingham before moving to 47 Newark Street, Sneinton, Nottingham. Henry Samples married Hannah Samples and they lived at 9 Thoresby Place, Thoresby Street, Nottingham. Hannah was born in 1879 and worked as a lace clipper. Their children included John Henry, born in July 1900, Mabel, born in 1905, Violet, born in 1906, Ethel, born in 1908 and Henry, born in 1910. All the children were born in Nottingham. Hannah died of chronic bronchitis on 13/09/1915, whilst her husband was recovering in hospital from a gunshot wound.
Henry Samples worked as a bricklayer's labourer. He was employed by Boots Building Department
13 Jun 1918
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1st Bn Northamptonshire Regiment
Pte. Samples volunteered for service, attesting on 13/01/1915 at Nottingham. He was posted to the 3rd Battalion, Sherwood Foresters, No. 22388. He was transferred to 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment on 10/07/1915. He suffered a gunshot wound to the right thigh on 25/09/1915 and was taken to 5th General Hospital, Rouen on 29/09/1915. From there he was taken by the hospital ship "St. Andrew" to England and on to the Scottish General Hospital, Glasgow, arriving 08/11/1915. He recovered and returned to France on 01/05/1916. On 29/06/1917 he joined the battalion's trench mortar team, but he was again brought back to England on 29/03/1918. He again embarked from Folkestone to France on 02/04/1918 and arrived at Boulogne the same day. He was yet again wounded and was brought to 141st Field Ambulance where he died on 13/06/1918. He was buried at Houchin British Cemetery.
Boots 'Comrades in Khaki', October 1915, 'By the Way': 'Pte Samples (Building Dept), of the Northants. has been recalled home on account of the death of his wife, who has left four young children.' (Nottinghamshire Archives, RB.38) Boots 'Comrades in Khaki', January 1916, 'By the Way': 'Another soldierman, Pte H Samples, who served in the same department as Lieut. Hollingworth [Leonard Hollingworth] called upon his former colleagues during the past month. On September 26th at the commencement of the attack upon Loos, he was badly injured at Vermelles. Immediately on leaving the first line of trenches he received a bullet through his thigh, and started to crawl back to cover. A high explosive shell, however, dropped three yards away from him, and he was buried. When he was removed from this position he was invalided home, and passed a considerable time in a Scottish hospital. Fortunately, he made so excellent a recovery that his return to service was possible in the first week of December.' (Nottinghamshire Archives, ref. RB.38) Death notice published 19th June 1918 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “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.” In memoriam published 13th June 1919 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “SAMPLES. – In loving memory of Pte. H. Samples, who died of wounds in France June 13th, 1918. It is just one year ago to-day since our great sorrow fell, still in our hearts we mourn the loss of one we loved so well. His memory will never fade, loving thoughts will always wander to that unknown place where he is laid. – From his loving children, widowed mother, brothers, and sister.” Above notices are courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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