Monday, 6 July 2015

Chatwood, Samuel - Private (13371)

Pte Samuel Chatwood
10th Battalion,
Cameronians (Scottish Rifles),
Killed in Action,
25th September 1915,
Age 21,
Commemorated Loos Memorial. 

Samuel was the youngest son of Samuel and Susannah Chatwood who lived at 3 Pleasant Street, Acre then 15 Pleasant Street.  By the time of his birth in 1894 Samuel and Susannah's three eldest sons had died.  By 1911 their daughters Mary Ann and Margaret Hannah had married leaving Samuel and his brother William (Billy) living with their parents at 7 West View Street, Haslingden.

Samuel was a weaver and worked at Robinson's Mill.  He was a member of St. James's Church Institute, a keen sportsman winning medals for boxing and athletics.  His mother Susannah died in August 1914 and was buried at St. John's Stonefold on the 26th.

Samuel, with a group of friends, enlisted in the Cameronians.  By August 1915 the battalion was in France.

On 25th September 1915 Samuel was killed in action on the first day of the battle of Loos. 237 men and 35 officers from the 10th battalion were killed on this day.

Samuel is commemorated on the Loos Memorial at Dud Corner, Pas de Calais and the Lychgate Memorial at Haslingden. St. James.

Private Sam Chatwood in a group 

Private Samuel Chatwood Census Information - Click over census to enlarge