Samuel William Hainsworth

Date of birth: 1895
Place of birth: St. Peter Port, Guernsey
Regiment / Division: Labour Corps
Vessel: 942nd Artisan Works Coy.
Rank / Service No:
Died: 3rd January 1919, aged 23 years
Buried: Dunkirk Town Cemetery, France (Plot IV, Row D, Grave 41)


Samuel was the second of 7 siblings born to Samuel and Edith Louisa Hainsworth, who married in Guernsey in 1893.


Both parents were born in St. Peter Port, Samuel in 1864 and Edith in 1875.

The family moved to Southampton sometime after 1903, and lived at 2 Chapel Street.


Samuel, a carpenter, died in Southampton in 1916. Edith remarried the same year, in Southampton, to Francis J. Renouf…..she passed away in the city in 1957.



Edith Eliza   b. 1893 St. Peter Port   d. 1984 Tavistock   Married George W. Tucker in Southampton in 1916.

Samuel William 

Harold Edward   b. 1896 St. Peter Port   d. ??   A Confectioner by trade, he travelled to and from the States many times.

William Robilliard   b. 1897 St. Peter Port   d. 1970 Southampton

Violet Rose   b. 1899 St. Peter Port   d. 1917 Southampton

Ivy May   b. 1900 St. Peter Port   d. 1979 Southampton   Married Reginald V. Hayes in Southampton in 1922.

Gertrude Lilian b. 1903 St. Peter Port   d. 1980 New Forest   Married George W. Tucker in Southampton in 1926.


Samuel married Lily May Callaway in Southampton Registry Office on 8 July 1918, meaning they only had 7 months of married life.


Lily had been born in Southampton in 1899. She married Thomas W. Price in Bournemouth in 1925, a relationship that must have suited her….she passed away in Birmingham in 2001, at the age of 102 years !!


The couple had one daughter…….

Lilian Edith   b. 25 November 1918 Southampton   d. 1999 Southampton   Married Mr. Winn in Birmingham in 1941. Married Thomas P. Southwell in Southampton in 1963.



Samuel, a “shoeing smith” before the war, died of bronchial pneumonia in a French hospital. He had obviously not been 100% fit, because the Labour Corps was made up of men considered not fit enough for the front line.


This did not stop some of its 390,000 force (10% of the total size of the Army) being used as emergency infantry during the crises of March & April 1918 in France.


Samuel’s headstone reads: “’Tis God who has taken my dear husband away from trouble, sickness and pain.”



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 1st September 2016


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