Samuel Helme and his 6 Brothers

Samuel was my maternal Grandmothers brother, he had 6 other brothers who all served in WW1 and survived.

His service record survived the 1940 Blitz, but are badly water and burn marked.

Samuel Helme was born in Apr 1893 in Lancaster he and all his family lived in 80 Pinfold Lane.

Samuel enlisted in 3rd. (Special Reserve) Bn., The Border Regiment, on 30 August 1911, Regt. Number 4963

In December he transferred from special reserve to 3rd. Bn., with new Regt. Number 10252.

In 1914 he was mobilised and transferred to 2nd. Bn., arriving in France 5/10/1914.

He was wounded on 3/11/1914 (Veldhoek and or Zantvoorde, First Battle of Ypres) and posted back to England on 13/11/1914.

He seemed to have had a spot of bother in December and was awarded 10 days FP No.2. by CO 3rd. Bn.

He returned to 2nd. Bn. 4/3/1915 and was wounded on 21/3/1915 (Battle of Neuve Chapelle) this time, deafness and was sent to 13 Fd. Hospital Boulogne.

He returned to 2nd. Bn. 11/1/1916 and was promoted to paid L/Cpl. but was returned to England 3/7/1916, it is not clear if this was the result of wounds or other reasons.  Battle of the Somme, Mametz .

He appears to have been no longer fit for active service and on 4/8/1917 (having served as Regimental Policeman with 3rd. Bn.) he transferred to the Military Foot Police in rank of L/Cpl and new Regt. Number of 12099. It is not clear if he returned to France again.