Sam was aged 21 when he died of wounds on 13th October 1917, he served in the 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion. Northumberland Fusiliers.
In 1901 Sam then aged 5 was living at 10 Back Lane, Clayton with his father Ben and mother in law Sarah McCombe, it is unclear where his mother Jane was at the time of the census, but she was living with her husband and Sam at 66 Highgate, Clayton Heights on the 1911 census. Sam was then working as a grocers’ assistant.
The 1911 census records that Jane had given birth to two children, however one had died making Sam their only living child. The CWGC records show Sam’s parents living at 6, Albert Edward Street, Queensbury. He is buried at ARTILLERY WOOD CEMETERY (I. F. 21). The inscription on his headstone reads: “In Loving Memory”.