Corporal Samuel Oakley

poppySamuel Oakley was born in 1884, the son of Daniel and Mary Oakley from Dudley. 

In 1906 he married Amy Elizabeth Allen.  The 1911 census shows him living in New Bilton, Rugby (Warwickshire) with Amy and their four children. At the time Samuel was recorded as a ‘Finisher of cast iron’. The family were still living at this address when Samuel enlisted with the Dorsetshire Regiment on 9th September 1914.

In July 1915 Samuel was sent to the battlefields of France.  A few months later he was recorded as being injured and ‘died from wounds’ on 22 December 1915.

Samuel was buried at the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium and is commemorated on the Heath Hayes War Memorial. 

* It is currently unknown when the family moved to Heath Hayes but Amy was listed as living there at the time of Samuels death in 1915.  Amy was born in nearby Hednesford and it is thought she may have moved to Heath Hayes to be closer to her family while Samuel was away at war.  Amy later moved to New Brunswick, Canada.

 

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