Private 5140 Samuel Powell

Died on Saturday, 6th September 1919, age 33.
Buried in Grave A. 253. at Tipton Cemetery, Staffordshire, United Kingdom.

Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), 193rd Company. 56th Division.
Formerly 12031 South Staffordshire Regiment.

Son of William and Caroline Powell, of 31, Nock St., Toll End, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Unknown, Resident: Tipton.

First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the St. Mark's Memorial.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/395358/

Genealogical Data

Birth of Samuel Powell registered in March 1886 at Dudley.

1901 Census
7 Nock Street, Tipton, Staffs...Joseph Davies VC was living next door at No. 5
William Powell (49, Canal Boat Builder, born Tipton), his wife Kate (48, born Paddington), and their 7 sons: William (23, Puddler, born Tipton), Thomas (17, Assistant Furnaceman in Tube Works, born Tipton), Samuel (15, Tube Screwer, born Tipton), Arthur (13, Tube Screwer, born Tipton), Harry (11, born Tipton), John (8, born Tipton), and James (5, born Tipton).

1911 Census
31 Nock Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Caroline Powell (59, Widow, born London), and her 7 sons: William (33, Boat Builder, born Tipton), Thomas (17, Labourer in Tube Works, born Tipton), Samuel (25, Labourer in Tube Works, born Tipton), Arthur (23, Labourer in Tube Works, born Tipton), Harry (21, Labourer in Tube Works, born Tipton), John (18, Labourer in Tube Works, born Tipton), and James (15, Labourer in Tube Works, born Tipton).

Personal Data

Samuel enlisted for the South Staffs on 31st August 1914 and at some stage transferred to the Machine Gun Corps.

Samuel's brother, George, also died in the Great War. George was killed serving with the 2nd Battalion, South Staffs, near Guillemont on 6th August 1916; he has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.

There is a Dependant's Pension Card for Samuel's mother, Caroline, refererring to her sons Samuel and George Henry. There is no indication that a pension was actually paid. Her address at this time, probably 1919, was still at 31 Nock Street, Toll End.

Action resulting in his death

Samuel was invalided out of the army on 22nd October 1917 due to sickness, and received his Silver War Badge. He was 31 years and 9 months of age.

A Pension Card relating to Samuel and his brother George records that Samuel died from Tuberculosis on 6th September 1919. It must have been accepted that this was due to his service in the Army as he has a Commonwealth War Grave in Tipton Cemetery.

Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald 14th October 1914
Ocker Hill Patriots join up.
Includes Samuel Powell.