Victor Samson Shave

Date of birth: 1887
Place of birth: Blandford, Dorset
Date of marriage: 1911
Place of marriage: Southampton
Service No.: 21115
Rank: Sapper
Regiment / Division: Royal Engineers
Battalion: 15th Field Company
Died: 29th September 1915 aged 28
Death location: Sheffield


Life before the War
Victor was born Samson Victor Shave and was christened on 1st June 1887 in Blandford, Dorset.  His parents were George Jesse (b.1853) and Maria, nee Harvey (b.1851) – both were born in Dorset.  They were married on 9th March 1873 in the parish of Blandford Forum.  They had 8 children.  Victor’s siblings were:

Alice  b.1871.

Arthur  Henry b.1873 – d.1948.  Married Eva Florence Brown in Blandford on 8th May 1904.

Florence  (christened Flora Emily on 25/11/1874) b.1874 – d.1929.  Married Walter Davis in Blandford on 7th May 1897.  This is recorded on Walter’s British Army Pension Records.  He enlisted in August 1916, aged 55 years, into the Royal Defence Corps.  On the 1911 census they are living at School Lane, Blandford.

George Jesse (christened 06/05/1885) b.1885 – d.1890.

Edward Sydney (christened 30/08/1889) b.1889 – d.1891.

Madeline Norah Brenda (christened 11/09/1891) b.1891 – d.1892.

Lily (christened Ina Lilian Brenda 18/04/1894) b. 04/02/1894 – d.1983.  Married Jack Neville in Southampton in 1914.

In the 1891 census Victor is living with his parents and his brother Arthur (b.1874) in East Street Lane, Blandford, Dorset.  Arthur is working as a general labourer and Victor’s father gave his occupation as a Wheelwright.

By the 1901 census Victor is living at 7 Nightingale Court, Cook Street, St Mary’s, Southampton with his parents and his sister Lily.

In the 4th quarter of 1911 Victor married Maud Chambers (b.1888 – d.1946) in Southampton.  At the time Maud lived at 66 Clarence Street, Northam, Southampton.  They had two children:

Dorothy M (b.1913 – d.1938).  Married Harry Hart in Southampton in 1920.

Louisa Winifred (b.1914 – d.1999).  Married Fred J Cooper in Southampton in 1936.  He died on 27th April 1940.

War History
The 1911 census shows Victor is at Gibralter Barracks, Stanhope Lines, Aldershot with the 5th Field Company of the Royal Engineers.  His rank at this time was Lance Corporal and his occupation was given as a joiner.

Victor enlisted in Southampton and served in the 15th Field Company of the Royal Engineers.  His service record and how he received his wounds cannot be found, but the following entry from the National Roll of the Great War reads:

‘He enlisted Feb 1911 & sent to the Western Front in May 1915.  He took part in several engagements & was severely wounded at the Battle of Loos.  He was at once invalided to England, but died at Sheffield on September 29th 1915.  He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star & the General Service & Victory medals. 

19 Lower York St. Northam, Southampton’

Victor probably died at Wharnecliffe Hospital, Sheffield.  This hospital, which was previously the South Yorkshire Asylum, was offered to the War Office to be converted to a War Hospital and was handed over on 1st April 1915.

Victor was awarded the 1914/1915 Star, the Victory and British War Medals.  He is buried at Southampton Old Cemetery, grave number 148. N. 176.  The inscription reads simply ‘Gone but not forgotten’

UTW SHAVE, Victor Samson    Sapper 21115

This cemetery is on the Common and was made in 1846 under Act of Parliament.  It contains 99 Commonwealth war graves of the 1914-18 War, a plot of 21 1914-18 War Belgians and 15 Commonwealth war graves of the 1939-45 War.

Researcher: Shaun Connolly
Published.: 9th July 2014
Updated: Insert dates here

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