Private 8666 Samuel Bishop

Died Home on Wednesday, 19th December 1917, age unknown.
Buried in Grave B. 10. 6. 475D. at Birmingham (Lodge Hill) Cemetery, United Kingdom.

Army Service Corps.
Transferred to 719th Company, Labour Corps with new Army Number 301215.

Born: Tipton, Enlisted: London, Resident: Kings Cross.

First landed France & Flanders, 5th May 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/403216/

Genealogical Data

Samuel Bishop cannot be identified as nothing exists on offcial records to identify him, and census entries are inconclusive.

Personal Data

Samuel initially served in the Army Service Corps, but later was transferred to the 719th Company of the Labour Corp, with new Army Number 301215. Samuel must have enlisted at quite an early stage as he landed in France on 5th May 1915. Transfers to the Labour Corps were often done when the soldier was wounded or otherwise became unfit for his original unit.

Samuel's Medal Index Card records that his medals were not issued as he died intestate and no next of kin was recorded.

After Samuel's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £11/5/0d (11 pounds and 5 shillings); as Samuel had no next of kin registered this was not distributed. His War Gratuity was £12/10/0d (12 pounds and 10 shillings), this was not distributed. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Samuel had enlisted in April 1915.

Action resulting in his death

As Samuel is buried in Lodge Hill Cemetery in Birmingham, it is likely that he died in one of the Birmingham Hospitals used by the military. The 1st Southern General Hospital was located at the University of Birmingham in Selly Oak just a mile away from the Cemetery, so it is possible that Samuel was being treated here.

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