Samuel Ankers

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details

Born: Baptised 17th July 1889

Family:  Son of John and Charlotte. In late 1911 he married Edith Starkey at Whitchurch, Shropshire. Together they had seven children, Lucy E, Phyllis M, Ivy E, Elsie A, Hilda N, Gladys M, and Olive D.

Residence: At time of his baptism the family lived at 25 Newtown, Whitchurch, Shropshire. In 1891 they were recorded as living on Sherrymill Hill, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Ten years later Samuel was living with his grandparents at 11 Barkhill, Whitchurch, Shropshire. His mother was living in Newtown with just three of her six children whilst his father served a prison sentence. In early 1911 he was lodging at 9 Sherrymill Hill, Whitchurch, Shropshire. In 1914 his address was 28a Claypit Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire.

Employment:  In 1911 he was working as a stoker/labourer.

Died: In early 1931 aged 43

Military Details

Regiment: 4th Reserve King’s Shropshire Light Infantry

Rank: Private

Service Number: 22032

Date of Enlistment: 20 October 1914

Date of Discharge: 8 January 1915

Reason for Discharge: Being medically unfit for military service

Other Information: He was one of five brothers who enlisted in the Army during WW1. Thomas Ankers died and is commemorated on Whitchurch War Memorial while the other four survived.

Medals and Awards: Only served at Home so no medals

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