William Arthur Sams

Name

William Arthur Sams

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

01/10/1915
19

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
16270
Essex Regiment
11th Bn.

Awards

1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

ABBEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY
Plot II, Row E, Grave 7
France

UK Memorials

Stevenage Old Town Memorial
St Nicholas' Church Memorial, Stevenage Old Town
Holy Trinity Church Memorial Roll of Honour, Stevenage Old Town
Not on the Codicote memorials

Pre War

William was born in 1895 in the village of Codicote, Hertfordshire and raised there, the son of Thomas and Hannah Sams. In the 1911 ne was living with parents and family in Abbots Hay, Codicote and working as a General Labourer on a Farm.

Wartime Service

William was living in Stevenage and enlisted there. He was posted to France on the 30th August 1915.

On the 26th September his Battalion were engaged in fighting in the Vermelles area, South-West of the town of La Bassee. The unit War Diary indicates that the Battalion encountered strong German resistance and were, eventually, forced to withdraw, having suffered over 350 casualties.

It is believed that William was amongst the wounded and was evacuated to No.2 Stationary Hospital, Abbeville, where he died of his wounds on the 1st October 1915 and is buried in the Abbeville Communal Cemetery, France.

Additional Information

War gratuity of £3 10s granted to father Thomas.

Acknowledgments

Paul Johnson, www.stevenageatwar.com, Brenda Palmer