Samuel Steeples


Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derbys Regiment) 59892 1st and 2nd Battalions

Sam Steeples was born in 1880 and he worked for the Marsden-Smedley family on their Home Farm estate in Lea. He was aged about thirty-four when he attested in December 1915.

During the war he became a PoW in Ohrdruf, Thuringia Germany. Wounded, he was treated at Lazarett German Field Hospital where he had his left arm amputated.

Medal Roll Index
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals; also the Silver War Badge.
Enlisted 08/12/15. Discharged 20/02/19 Para 392 (xvi) KR
A.O. 10/08/17 (this is reference to the Silver War Badge B.199978)

Silver War Badge Records
59892 STEEPLES Samuel Badge No B199978; enlisted 08/12/15 discharged 20/02/19 Para 392 (xvi) aged 40 A.O. 10/08/17

Red Cross PoW Record
Captured at Lens on 1 Huly 1917 and had his left arm amputated. Date of birth 21 June 1877 at Carsington.
2 Notts & Derby; D Coy
He was at Lazarett, which was a camp for the wounded with many amputees.

Newspaper Reports

Derbyshire Courier, 11 August & 14 August 1917
Information concerning the whereabouts of Private Samuel Steeples, Sherwood Foresters, officially reported missing since 1 July, is anxiously awaited by Mrs Steeples, Home Farm, Lea. Private Steeples enlisted in August 1916, and after four months training in Sunderland was drafted to France in December last. The last communication his family received from him was about five weeks ago, and since then no news is been heard of him except for the official notice, which was received on Thursday last week. Private Steeples is a married man with five children. Before enlisting he was employed by Mr J.B. Marsden Smedley at the Home Farm.

Derbyshire Courier, 25 August 1917
The friends of Private Samuel Steeples will be pleased to hear that a communication has been received by Mrs Steeples, of the Home Farm, Lea, from the secretary of the Sherwood Foresters Prisoners of War Regimental Care Committee, stating that her husband is a prisoner of war in Ohrdruf, Thuringia Germany. As reported in a previous issue, official information was received by his wife a few weeks ago, intimating that he was reported as missing from 1 July.

Derbyshire Courier 15 June 1918
Crich, Lea & Holloway
A hearty welcome was given to Private Sam Steeples on arrival home to Lea on Monday night. The Boy Scouts were in attendance. Private Steeples has lost his left arm, otherwise he is looking very well.

High Peak News 29 June 1918
A cordial welcome has been extended to Pte Samuel Steeples on his return from Germany, where he has been a prisoner of war. Pte Steeples was the resident at the Home Farm when he joined up, and was wounded and taken prisoner by the Germans. He has now come home full of reminiscences of living in the land of the Huns, and glad to be once more in safe Blighty.

Letters to JD Marsden-Smedley

December 25th, 1916
Dear Sir
Just a few lines to thank you for the parcel you sent me I received it on the 24th it will come in very useful up here it is awfully cold and wet here we are most likely moving from here tomorrow
Yours truly
PS Steeples


1891: High Street, Alfreton

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Hannah Steeples Head (widow) 48   Smalley
Alice Steeples daughter 15   Swanwick
James Steeples son 13 Coal miner Swanwick
Samuel Steeples son 10 Scholar Swanwick
Lydia Steeples daughter 7 Scholar Swanwick
David Slater lodger (widower) 75 Framework Knitter Fritchley

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1901: Swanwick

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
James Steeples Head 23 Coal miner Swanwick
Samuel Steeples brother 20 Coal miner Swanwick

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1911: Lea

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Samuel Steeples Head 32 Farm labourer Carsington
Bertha Steeples wife 32   Lea
Katie Steeples daughter 12 School Lea
Thomas Arthar Steeples son 9 School Lea
Martha Elizabeth Steeples daughter 5 School Lea
William Keith Steeples son 2   Lea

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