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Private S G Samways


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Private Sydney George SAMWAYS, S/674, 1st Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died of wounds, (shrapnel wound to the chest), 10 Casualty Clearing Station, Flanders France, 27th October 1917, age 31.

Born Sydenham, SE, son of George and Annie Samways, of 30 Halifax Street, Sydenham, London.


1911 Census - 30 Halifax Street, Sydenham, SE - George Samways, head, age 64, married, jobbing gardener, worker, born Symondsbury, Dorset; Ann Samways, wife, age 55, married 30 years, 6 children, 4 still alive, born Paddington, London; George Samways, son, age 27, single, Life Insurance Agent, worker, born Sydenham, Kent; Arthur Samways, son, age 19, single, commercial clerk, wholesale tea trade, worker, born Sydenham, Kent; Edward Samways, son, age 17, single, gardner, domestic, worker, born Sydenham, Kent; Alec Samway, son, age 12, school, born Sydenham, Kent; Edgar Bonnett, boarder, age 20, single, Auctioneers & Estate Agents Clerk, worker, born Ramsgate, Kent; Jane Phillips, visitor, age 24, single, domestic servant, born Carlton, Cambridgeshire.


Previously served in 5th East Surrey Territorial Force, 2½ years, time expired

Enlisted 10th September 1914, Greenwich, SE, age 29 years & 126 days, height 5ft 6¾ inches, weight 126lbs, mole right forearm, brown eyes, dark brown hair. Formerly joiner.

Home, 10th September 1914 to 21st April 1915; BEF, 22nd April 1915 to 27th October 1917.

10th September 1914, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 14th September 1914, posted 8th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 12th February 1915, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 22nd April 1915, posted BEF & 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 23rd April 1915, 5 Infantry Base Depot; 25th April 1915, joined Battalion, "C" Company; 10th September 1916, permanently attached to 184 Training Company, Royal Engineers; 13th October 1917, Etaples, 40 Infantry Base Depot; 19th October 1917, rejoined 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment.

9th August 1920, Statement of Relatives - Widow, none; Children, none; Father, Samways G, 30 Halifax Street, Sydenham; Mother, Samways, A, 30 Halifax Street, Sydenha; Brothers - Samways A, age 30, 30 Halifax Street, Sydenham; Samways, E, age 26, 30 Halifax Street, Sydenham; Samway A ?, age 21, 30 Halifax Street, Sydenham; Half Blood Brother? - Samways, W, 21 Blythe Hill, Catford Lane, London SE;  Sisters - none.

Buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, XXII. H. 16., Belgium.


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