Peters, Samuel Alfred

Samuel Alfred Peters was the son of William and Eliza Peters, 72, Spon Green. Samuel was born in Chester about 1889. In 1901 the family living at Lane End were William Peters 49 joiner b Mold, Eliza 47, Harriett 20, William 17, Thomas 14, Samuel A 12. In 1911 Samuel was listed as a butcher.

Samuel enlisted in Flint according to UK Soldiers Who Died in The Great War 1914-19 – accessible on . This site confirms all the military details on the left of this page including that he was killed in action.

There is an index card for Samuel in Pension Ledgers also on ancestry. This source says that he was ‘missing’

The UK Register of Soldiers’ Effects in which the army calculated what moneys were owed to deceased soldiers includes an entry for Samuel. This tells us that Samuel’s Father William received a total of £12 ..6sh ..11d  in two separate payments.

Samuel enlisted in Flint. The S4/ prefix to his service number tells us that he was involved with the manual labouring side of supply, as opposed to being a driver of horse or mechanical transport. From Samuel’s Register of Soldiers’ Effects entry, he was serving with the 14th Divisional Train (‘Train’ meaning ‘supply transport train’, employing horse drawn wagons not a locomotive train). This was the ASC component of the 14th (Light) Division, a New Army division that consisted entirely of ‘Lord Kitchener’ light infantry volunteers.

On the 18 May 1915 the 14th Division crossed from Southampton to Le Havre and concentrated north-west of St. Omar. Until his death on 7 April 1917, Samuel would have been present during some of the worst fighting of the Battle of the Somme, particularly the Battle of Deville Wood between the 13 and 30 August 1916, in transporting vital supplies up to the front line battalions. His military records show that he was ‘missing’; whereas another card says ‘killed in action’, thus his body was never found


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