Samuel Stonehewer, Private 3260, 7th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders
Died 13th November 1916 in Somme, France
Grandson of Samuel Stonehewer, former hall-keeper at Macclesfield Town Hall.
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Samuel Stonehewer’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times of 16 March 1917.
His death was also reported on page 267 of Ulula, the Manchester Grammar School Magazine for December 1916:
Private S. Stonehewer, of the l/7th Gordon Highlanders, was killed in the fighting on the 13th November, quite early in the advance. His old friend S. Almond writes :— “He left the classical side of the School to go into business with the National Boiler and General Insurance Co., of Manchester. He enlisted at the early age of 17, and had been in France about 18 months when he was killed. He was a cheery little fellow, with the instincts of a thorough sportsman. ‘Sammy,’ as he was universally called, won his way into the hearts of all who knew him, and his cheerful smile and good humour never left him. He died nobly, keeping up the traditions of his School and his Regiment.”
His Sergeant writes:— “If dear little Sam had been my own brother I could not possibly have felt his death more.”
“He worked as assistant for me,” writes the Company Quartermaster Sergeant, “and a finer lad I never met. I could leave him in charge of all my work, and when I returned, everything would be all correct. We were nearly always together, and if he had been spared I am certain we would have been close friends for life. Many a time Sam and I waded through the roughest of weather to the trenches in the dark. But Sam, poor lad, was always at it; he did more work in a day of his own free will than most lads accomplish in two when asked, and never did he grumble. Fear was a word Sam did not know ; he only smiled and joked at shell fire. I could write a book on Sam’s life while he was with me. The only consolation you have is that he was killed in a gallant regiment that wrought one of the greatest and most glorious advances yet known.”
Private Samuel Stonehewer is buried in Grave Ref. VII. D. 45. in the Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, Somme, France. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Samuel Stonehewer.