Samuel Symon


About Samuel

  • Name
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  • Surname
  • Date of Birth
  • Birth town
  • Resided town
  • Commemorated
  • Nationality
  • Place of death
    Matsqui, Canada
  • Date of death
    14 December 1979
  • Married
  • Occupation

Service Information

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  • Regiment
    Mons Regiment


In 1911, Samuel is listed as a commercial traveller, visiting Paddington, London whilst his wife to be, Susan Myatt, is a single dressmaker living in her own house in Chester.  He is recorded as having been born in London. His mother is living in Australia at this time.  It is possible that he emigrated to Canada in May 1912, when he is recorded landing in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It appears that he returned to participate in the war and went back to Canada on being demobilised in 1919.

Samuel attested on 6 December 1915 into the Prince of Wales’s Volunteers (South Lancashire) Regiment giving his address as that of his future wife, Susan Myatt, in Chester.  He was not mobilised until March 1916 and was transferred to the 2/2 Monmouthshire Regiment on 25 May 1916. Samuel was an army clerk.  The 2/2 Monmouthshire Regiment were involved in railway construction and maintenance.

Samuel married Susan Myatt, a self-employed dressmaker thirteen years older than himself in Chester, in September 1916.  He passed through Peterborough East Station on 12 January 1917 and wrote in the visitors’ book “Awfully delighted with my reception here whilst waiting for my train to take me to Chester, I sure think the treatment one receives here, is appreciated by the Soldier & Sailor”.  His entry also reveals that he was based in Lowestoft.  Maybe he was travelling to Chester on leave to see his wife.

He transferred to 19th Queens Royal West Sussex Regiment, 205th Infantry Battalion on 11 January 1918 before transferring to the Labour Corps on 15 April of that year.  Samuel reverted to the rank of Private on joining the Home Service Employment Company in Chester on 27 August 1918, before finally transferring to the Royal Engineers Railway Construction Troops Depot at Longmoor Camp in Hampshire, as a Sapper on 14 October 1918.  He went to France at the end of the war to carry out railway related activities until April 1919.  Samuel was demobilised on 26 June 1919.

In 1925, he travelled from Halifax, Canada to London as an accountant on business.  There is a death record in Canada for a Samuel Symon which states he died in Matsqui aged 96, in 1979.

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