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HORSMAN, Samuel Beecher

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Rank: Sergeant

Year of death: 1917

Date of birth: 1888

Date of death: 7/8/1917

Place of death:

Service number: C/12137

Regiment: King’s Royal Rifle Corps

He was commended by his officer for holding the line in the face of heavy attacks and was recommended for a commission. In the spring of 1917 he was sent home with “trench fever” and after returning took part in the Messiness victory. However, on 10/8/1917 the Scarborough Mercury reported that he had been wounded and was dangerously ill. On the 17th the same newspaper reported that he had died on 7th August 1917 aged 30, having never regained consciousness.

Cemetery location:

Where remembered?: He is buried at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery and is remembered on Scarborough Cricket Club Memorial

Biographical Information

Samuel was the son of Enos and Sarah Horsman of The Garlands, Seamer Road Scarborough. His father had been the manager of the Brick and Tile Company. Samuel was a keen sportsman and played as a forward for Scarborough Football Club, was a keen cricketer, and was a respected member of the teaching profession, being employed as an assistant master at the Falsgrave Council School.

He had in fact attended this school himself before going on the the Municipal School. He returned to Falsgrave as a pupil teacher before serving as an assistant at the Central Boys School. He then went to St John’s College York for two years before returning to Falsgrave as a certified teacher.

He was described as a man of retiring disposition but a teacher of considerable promise.

His brother Enos Horsman also served during the war and the two had met up at the front. Enos had the dubious honour of having been reported killed only to have the officials “regret their error”. The Mercury hoped that he would live through the war and be able to read his own obituary notice.