WAGSTAFF S. H.
Samuel Henry Wagstaff
Private PO/139 (S)
Portsmouth Bn. R.N. Div., Royal Marine Light Infantry
Samuel Henry Wagstaff died between April and June 1920, aged 50 years.
Private Wagstaff was one of "Kitcheners Marines", who were transferred from the Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regt) to the RMLI.
"600 RMLI transfers came from 2 regiments - 200 from the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI), and 400 from the Sherwood Foresters. They were predominantly ex-miners and labourers, fit men wanted for their ability to dig trenches and tunnels. The 200 KOYLI recruits were transferred to Plymouth Division RMLI, and were given service numbers PLY/1(S) to PLY/200(S). This was also the case for the Sherwood Foresters, 200 of which were dispatched to Portsmouth where already 30 men were recruited, and so they became PO/31(S) to PO/230(S). 200 remaining Foresters went to Chatham and were numbered CH/1(S) to CH/200(S)."
Samuel was born on 25th May 1870 at Selston, Notts; the eldest son of John and Martha Ann Wagstaff. John Wagstaff was an Ironworker, and a native of Selston. On the 1881 census, Samuel was already working as a Coal Miner.
Royal Naval Division 1914-1924
Samuel Henry Wagstaff , Private PO/139/S, RMLI Portsmouth Bn. Died after demob. 1920.
Service History: Formerly served 7 years 247 days as 1957 Private 1st Bn. Cheshire Regt. 1/6/1885-31/12/1892 ; ex-6714 Private Notts & Derby Regt., enlisted 8/9/14 (age 44), transferred to RMLI short-service 16/9/14 ; Portsmouth Bn. MEF(Dardanelles) 28/4/15-9/9/15 (sick) ; HMS "Hindustan" 18/4/16-6/1/17 ; HMS "Victory" (Dockyard Guard) 7/1/17-12/4/18 ; HMS "Ambitious" 10/5/18-3/3/19 ; Demob. 9/4/19 to address 25 Bentinck St, Annesley Woodhouse, Notts.
Notes: Not listed by CWGC ; ADM/171/171 = St.V.B. issued to Sister IC/1982/1920 ; b.27/5/1870 ; Next-of-Kin: Sister, Sarah Frances Barnett, 25 Bentinck St., Annesley Woodhouse, Notts. ; GRO = June Quarter 1920, age 52, Basford, Vol.7b, p.180.
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