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GRINNELL, Samuel (1888-1953) – Royal Engineers

Corporal Samuel Grinnell (1888-1953) was born in Canning Town, London, the son of Elijah Grinnell and his wife, Lucy (née Watkins); his parents hailed from Evesham and Badsey respectively but had gone to London for work.   The family was back in Worcestershire by the time of the 1901 census, living on Broadway Road, Wickhamford (now 2 Longdon Hill).  In 1911 they lived at Wickhamford Lodge, Bengeworth; Samuel worked as a mason.  Samuel married Hilda Heywood in 1912 and had two children.

Samuel joined the Royal Engineers (No 134953) and was recorded as wounded in The Times casualty list of 20th December 1916.  He received the Victory and British War medals, but his record card also states 'MM' - presumably the Military Medal, a bravery award.  Samuel’s younger brother, David Grinnell, also served in the war.

Samuel died in Evesham.