28th May 1918

Private Samuel Andrews was killed on 28th May 1918 whilst serving with the 8th Battalion Machine Gun Corps. Born in Sutton Coldfield in 1887, Samuel was the third of the eight children (six sons, two daughters) of parents James (a coachman) and Maria (née Marshall).

The family moved from Sutton Coldfield to Timberley Cottage, Castle Bromwich sometime between 1901-1910, when James Andrews died there, aged 51. Samuel, who was working as a gardener by 1901 when he was 13 years old, enlisted in the Army in August 1914, serving first of all with the Worcestershire Regiment, then being transferred to the Devonshire Regiment, before finally being transferred to the Machine Gun Corps, believed to be in late March/early April 1918.

In 1913, he married Sarah Beatrice Berry (known as Beatrice) and their son, Samuel Kitchener James Andrews was born in Aston on 29th August 1914, shortly after his father joined the Army. Samuel (senior) was killed in action and is buried at Chambrecy British Cemetery. He is commemorated locally on Castle Bromwich war memorial.

Three of Samuel’s brother’s also served in the First World War – Alfred James Andrews (1886-1975) served in the Army Service Corps, Edward (1892-1972) served in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, and Richard (1896-1968) served in the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry and the Hampshire Regiment.

Samuel Kitchener James Andrews (1914-1949) married Gladys Winifred Andrews (1914-1975) in Birmingham in 1936, and it appears that they had at least three children.

If you have any further information, please let us know.

Heritage & Local Studies Librarian

tel.: 0121 704 6977
email: heritage@solihull.gov.uk

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