Samuel was born at Munderbury, England on the 5th of April 1891 to James and Elizabeth Minnett.
Samuel enlisted in the AIF, 4th Light Horse Regiment in August 1914 but was rejected due to poor sight(1) - he had been a member of the Bacchus Marsh Light Horse Troop(2). He was a bricklayer when he successfully enlisted in the AIF, 5th Reinforcements, 29th Battalion on the 4th of January 1916, aged nearly 25. He embarked aboard the HMAT A68 Anchises in March, disembarking in Egypt some time later. He embarked from Alexandria, Egypt in June.
After arriving in France in June 1916 Samuel joined his unit in the field in August, but in December was admitted to hospital for a month - appendicitis. In October 1917 just after the Battle of Polygon Wood he suffered a shell wound to the right thigh and was admitted to the 1st East General Hospital, Cambridge, England - condition serious. He was transferred to the 1st London General Hospital in November and discharged to furlough in mid December. In April 1918 Samuel attended the 5th Division Signal School, 14th Training Battalion for a course of instruction - in August he was either still there or returned for another course. Samuel rejoined the 29th Battalion in the field in September. Two weeks later, during the attacks on St Quentin Canal, he was again wounded in action - gunshot wound to the left shoulder, serious - and admitted to the 2nd General Hospital, Harvre, France, then to the 1st Southern General Hospital, Stourbridge, Birmingham, England. In January 1919 Samuel was transferred to the 3rd Auxiliary Hospital and discharged to furlough in late January. He embarked for home aboard the HMT Czar in March and transshipped to the HS Dongla at Alexandria, Egypt in April, returning to Australia in May and was discharged from the AIF in January 1920.
Samuel enlisted in the Australian Army in 1941 and was a Private in the 17th Garrison Battalion when he was discharged in 1944.
Samuel died at Heidelberg, VIC in 1963, aged 72.
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