Serjeant S/2248 Samuel Stanford

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Killed in Action on Thursday, 17th February 1916, age 20.
Buried in Grave I. T. 3. at Essex Farm Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

11th Bn., Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). 59th Brigade of 20th Division.

Son of Mr Francis & Mrs Charlotte Stanford, of 2 Bridge Road, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Tipton, Resident: Tipton.

First landed France & Flanders, 21st April 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives survived and transcribed.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library, and St. Luke's memorials.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/159911/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
1 House 1 Court Bridge Road, Tipton, Staffs.
Francis F. Stanford (38, General Carpenter, born Tipton), his wife Charlotte (38, born Tipton), and their 6 children: Joseph (17, Assistant Moulder, born Tipton), Emma (13, born Tipton), Tom (11, born Tipton), Alice (8, born Tipton), Samuel (5, born Tipton), and Ernest (2, born Tipton).

1911 Census
89 Aston Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Francis Stanford (48, Carpenter, born Tipton), his wife Charlotte (48, born Tipton), and 5 of their 9 surviving children of 9: Emma (23, born Tipton), Tom (21, Blacksmith's Striker, born Tipton), Samuel (16, Iron Plater's Assistant, born Tipton), Earnest (12, born Tipton), and William (6, born Tipton).

Personal Data

Samuel enlisted with the Rifle Brigade at Tipton on 7th September 1914 when he was just 19 years old. He was 5 feet 7 inches tall with a 34½-inch chest, weighed 120 pounds, had a sallow complexion, blue eyes, and light brown hair. He was employed as a Bridge Builder. He may well have been a friend of William Small as Samuel was numbered S/2248 and William S/2246.

Samuel was initially posted to the 8th Battalion, Rifle Brigade on 9th September 1914, and then transferred to the 11th Battalion on 21st September 1914. He was promoted to Temporary Paid Acting Corporal on 12th September 1914, to Corporal on 14th November, and to Sergeant on 28th February 1915.

Training took place at Aldershot, Guildford and Salisbury Plain. On 18th April 1915, he was absent 'off-pass' from midnight to 9.30am, his punishment was to be admonished and lose 1 days pay. Just before departing for France he made a Soldier's Will, leaving all his effects to his mother, Mrs Charlotte Stanford.

Action resulting in his death

Action resulting in his death

The 11th Rifle Brigade, as part of the 20th (Light) Division, embarked in Folkestone and arrived in France on 21st July 1915. Their early familiarisation and training was in the Fleurbaix area.

In February 1916, 20th Division arrived just north of Ypres, near the village of Brielen, adjacent to the current day Essex Farm Cemetery. From the number of casualties between the 13th to 17th February it would seem that this was a period of front line duty for the 11th Rifles.

Samuel was killed in action on the 17th February 1916, along with two of his comrades, Privates Foley and Leavesley. All 3 are buried side by side in Essex Farm Cemetery.

Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald February 17th 1917
In Memoriam
Sgt Sam Stanford killed 17th February 1916.