RANSOME, Sampson Samuel

No.20606, Private, Sampson Samuel RANSOME
Aged 33

8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Saturday, 11th August 1917

Sampson Samuel Ransome was born in Cowlinge (Risbridge Q3-1884 4A:603), baptised in Cowlinge on 13th June 1886, son of Frederick and Sarah RANSOME (née MURKIN).

1891 census...Aged 6, Samuel was at Blue Doors Farm, Cowlinge with his father Fred RANSOME [51] farmer; his mother Sarah [50] born Wickhambrook; brother Fred[12]; sisters Alice [10] and Violet [3]. All except his mother were born in Cowlinge.

1901 census...Aged 16, carter on farm, he was servant at Assington Green, Stansfield for Joseph and Sarah CHOAT. His parents and sister Violet were at Wickhambrook Road, Cowlinge

He married Helen BURTON [2-6-1882] on 31st August 1907 in Stow Longa. (later of Brampton)

1911 census... Aged 26 he was at "The Railway Arms", Stow Longa, Kimbolton with his wife Helen [28] born Spaldwick, Hunts. Their only child had died. His widower father was a smallholder, living in Cowlinge with widowed housekeeper Eliza Murkin [68] (sister in law ?)

The "living relatives form completed in 1919 by his widow has his parents at Grape Vine Villa, Cowlinge, brother George [60] Green Man, Cowlinge, John [58] Bury Lane, Lidgate. Sisters Elizabeth FROST [54] Nat Flatman Street, Newmarket; Ada TWEED [50] Bridge Farm, Cowlinge; Alice JOLLY [40] Bloomfields Farm, Cowlinge and Violet [30] 16 Gainsborough, Hackney Wick.

He enlisted in Huntingdon on 14th November 1915 and was placed on Reserves. He gave his age as 31, a bricklayer's labourer, 5 feet 3.25 inches ( 160.6 cm)tall, weighing 130 lbs (59.2 kg) chest 33" to 35" (83.8 to 88.9 cm), born Cowlinge. Mobilised at Codford Camp on 23rd June 1916, his next of kin was wife, Helen.
He went from Folkstone to Boulogne 13/14 October and joined the 17th Infantry Brigade Depot at Etaples, before joining his battalion in the field on 28th October 1916
On 11th August 1917 the 8th Norfolks had just relieved the Fusiliers and Bedfordshire , having been moving up for 12 hours,extremely tired, when the Germans attacked around 04:30, penetrating the line and taking the strongpoint. This seemed to stir the tired Norfolk who pressed forward without any barrage and by 6 am had re taken the post at 28.J.14.a.25.(the orange cross below) The 8th Norfolk, the 10th Essex and 6th Berkshire were ordered to hold this yellow line, "at all costs". An advance was planned but in point of fact, due to losses to the Norfolks they were supposed to be replaced by the 8th Suffolk from Sanctuary Wood, but they were held up by a barrage and failed to turn up. This led to the cancellation of the attack

CWGC records show 57 of the 8th Norfolks killed, only 11 with identified graves.

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Sampson Ransome is commemorated on the Menin Gate, panel 4

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