Edwin Samuels was listed in the Absent Voter Records for Abbots Langley in Autumn 1918, Spring 1919 and Autumn 1919. He was initially identified from the Absent Voter Records and was not recorded elsewhere in the Abbots Langley Parish Records. Edwin was listed serving aboard HMS “Vulcan” and his address was given at Belswains Lane, Nash Mills, Abbots Langley.
Edwin was born on 31st March 1895 at Bethnal Green. He was the eldest of three children born to John and Louisa Samuels. At the time of the 1901 Census the family lived at 14 Camden Avenue, Bethnal Green, and John was employed as a Mechanical Engineer. By 1911 the family had moved to “Ivy Cottage”, Durrants Hill, Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead and John was employed as a General Engineer at a Brush Company –presumably Kent’s Brushes. At this time Edwin worked as an Office Lad/Clerk.
The UK Royal Navy Registers of Seamen’s Services noted that Edwin enlisted on 9th November 1915 and served as an Officer’s Steward III aboard HMS “Pembroke 1”, a shore establishment at Chatham. When he enlisted he gave his occupation as Clerk. On 29th March 1916 he was promoted to the rank of Ship’s Steward Assistant. Edwin was transferred to HMS “Vulcan”, a submarine depot ship based at Chatham. Edwin was demobilised on 24th June 1919, and returned to an address at Belswains Lane, Nash Mills.
Edwin Samuels survived the War.