Private Samuel Stevens

poppyPrivate Samuel Stevens was born on 12 March 1892 and was the son of John and Rebecca Stevens who had lived in Heath Hayes since the late 1870s.

The 1911 census shows Samuel living in Hednesford Road, Heath Hayes with his widowed mother and brother.  At the time Samuel was recorded as a colliery ‘Banksman’ (the name given to the man who is in charge of the pit shaft and responsible for signalling to the winding house and acting on signals received from the onsetter).

Although Samuel had suffered with epilepsy since childhood, he enlisted with the Labour Corps in June 1917.   However on 21 July 1917 Samuel suffered an epileptic fit while stationed at York Barracks and was recorded as being ‘taken to hospital in an unconscious state’ – he was later discharged as physically unfit for active service.

Sadly Samuel died on 4 February 1918.  He was buried in the Churchyard of St. Johns Church, Heath Hayes and is commemorated on Heath Hayes War Memorial.  

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