Samuel Adair was born in Great Budworth, Cheshire in 1876. His parents were Peter (a domestic gardener) and Elisabeth (a grocer). He was the eldest of five children and resided at 22, High Street, Great Budworth.
Following school he took employment as a footman at Arley, then, at the age of 26 he enlisted in the army in 1902, joining the Cheshire Regiment as Private no.6824. An examination of his record reveals that the examining officer saw something in the new recruit, for he wrote in large letters the word 'Special' on the form (see Appendix one)
However, his conduct was far from exemplary with numerous infringements recorded.
On the 28th December 1908, whilst on active service in India he married Anna Dorothy Ethin, a German national.
He left the army in 1909, remaining on the reserve list and he and Dorothy set up home at 98, Seymour Place, London W., and Samuel became a taxi cab driver.
On the declaration of war he was re-engaged for a further period of four years on the 5th August 1914 (the day after war was declared), attesting at Chester Recruiting Office, and joining the 3rd Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment and was rapidly promoted, so by 16th November 1914 he was a Colour Sergeant in the 14th Battalion.
Samuel was discharged from the army on the 4th July 1915 as being 'physically unfit for war service.' We are told the reason on the Army discharge forms; Samuel had contracted Malaria whilst serving abroad and also some 'gastric problems' which were getting 'progressively worse'.
He was diagnosed by the regimental doctor as having a 'gastric carcinoma'. He died on the 3rd December 1915, aged 41, whilst residing at 45, Church Street, Great Budworth.
Researched and compiled by Tony Davies