Lea, Samuel (aka Humphreys, Samuel)

Lea, Samuel

Regiment: King’s Shropshire Light Infantry

Rank: Colour Sergeant

Service No: 3041

Boer War service: 3 Mar 1900 to 9 May 1901

Date of enlistment: 3 Jun 1889

Date of discharge: 2 Jun 1910

Reason for discharge: Termination of 2nd period of Engagement

Other information: Severely wounded at Paardeburg 18 Feb 1900. Awarded Long Service & Good Conduct Medal. He was also mentioned in Lord Roberts’ dispatches 8 Feb 1901. Samuel went on to serve with the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry in WW1; more information can be found on our Great War site

Born: 3 January 1871 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised on 7 May the same year in St. Alkmund’s Parish Church, Whitchurch. He was also known as Samuel Humphreys.

Family: He was the second of eight children born to Isaiah Lea, a grocer, and Elizabeth Humphreys. He may also have had a step sister. He married Margaret Elizabeth Griffiths on 9 October 1901 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire; together they had three children.

Residence: At the time of his baptism, the family were living at 12 Yardington, Whitchurch; by 1891 they had moved to 4 Folly Lane, Whitchurch.

Employment: He declared his occupation as labourer when he enlisted.

Death: 2 April 1929 in Wem, Shropshire, aged 58.

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