Samuel is listed in the 1911 Wales Census, as living at Prollclai, Brynford, Holywell with Robert Hughes, Maria Hughes and Mary Kennedy. On the 1911 Census he is 18 years old and listed his occupation as being a bricklayer, having being born in Bagillt, Flintshire, about 1893.
UK soldiers Who Died in the Great War 1914-19 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms all the military details above. It adds that he enlisted in Flint and that he was killed in action.
His medal index card also on Ancestry, lists his medals and tells us that he had a previous regimental number. He was once Private 2205 in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers Infantry Base Depot.
The UK Register of Soldiers’ Effects in which the army calculated what moneys were owed to deceased soldiers includes an entry for Samuel Needham. It names Robert Hughes, his Foster Father as his sole legatee. He received a total of £21 ..3sh ..0d in two separate payments. It confirms he was killed in action in France on the 14th May 1917.