Samuel Summerfield



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CORPORAL 81629 ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY/29TH BATTERY 42ND BRIGADE
DIED OF WOUNDS 12TH SEPTEMBER 1918 AGED 27YRS
REMEMBERED WITH HONOUR HERMIES HILL BRITISH CEMETERY
PAS DE CALAIS FRANCE
GRAVE REF I.G.1

Samuel Summerfield was born c 1891 in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. He was the son of Thomas & Lizzie Summerfield. His brother Joseph was also killed in WW1 and is also remembered on the Flackwell Heath War Memorial. He was one of 10 children, 7 of whom were still living at the time of the 1911 Census when the family were living at Heath End, Flackwell Heath. One sibling was a half brother, Alfred Wright. Thomas & Lizzie married in 1898, at Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. In 1911 Samuel was in St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London as an in- patient. His profession is given as a card board worker in a Mill.
Samuel enlisted at Oxford on 21st May 1915 and became a Corporal with the Royal Horse Artillery and the Royal Field Artillery. The Battalion were part of the 3rd Division which saw action in the Battle of Cambria, The Somme, Battle of Lys, plus Battles of Hindenburg Line and the Battle of Selle. It is believed that Samuel died from wounds sustained during this time.
Samuel is also remembered on the High Wycombe Hospital War Memorial which is at the entrance to the hospital. This was originally placed at the entrance to the High Wycombe and District War Memorial hospital which was sited further up Marlow Hill. It was removed In 1971 when work started on the third phase of the new Wycombe General Hospital.
The shelter was erected by subscription from all the ranks of the 21st Divisional Artillery as a memorial to their comrades who fell in the Great War 1914- 1918. High Wycombe was the centre of the training area of the 21st Division Artillery before it proceeded on active service in France. Nine other men whose names are on the Flackwell Heath War Memorial also appear on this memorial at the hospital including Samuel’s brother Joseph. Samuel’s name also appears on the High Wycombe Roll of Honour.

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