Samuel Hance was born in
the second quarter of 1886
Samuel went to Rayne School, being admitted
on 12th December 1892, leaving on 15th April 1898
to work on a farm.
In 1909 Samuel married Beatrice Howard in
the Braintree registration district.
In 1911 the family is living at Church
Road, Seal, Shoreham, Kent:
enlisted in Maidstone and served as a Private Soldier with the 23rd
Battalion the Royal Fusiliers, formerly with the Royal Sussex Regiment.
Samuel Hance - age 25 - Gardener Domestic - born Felstead.
Beatrice Hance - age 25 - born Limehouse, London.
Kathleen Elizabeth Hance - age 5 months - born Felstead.
April and May 1917 the Battle of Arras was launched, it had two
objectives, one which succeeded was to capture the high ground East of
Arras, known as Vimy Ridge. The second objective was to take some
pressure off the French Army which was attacking the Germans further
south. The Royal Fusiliers took part in some the heavy fighting which
preceded the capture of Vimy Ridge, and suffered heavy casualties.
Private Samuel Hance is yet another soldier who sadly has no known
was killed in action aged 30 on the 3rd May 1917. He
at Godden Green Sevenoaks and left a widow Beartrice. Samuel is remembered at the Arras Memorial.
(photograph of memorial courtesy