1914-18          Rayne War Memorial       1939-45

In Memory of
Private G/61663
23rd Bn., Royal Fusiliers
who died on Thursday, 3rd May 1917.
Age 30.

War Graves Commission

Casualty Details      785107  


Date of birth 4th March 1886.

Son of George and Julia Hance, of The Gore, Rayne; husband of Beatrice Hance, of 30, Park Rd., Chelmsford, Essex. George was a carpenter.

Samuel was one of a family of nine. Samuel, George and Edward were the oldest - all three killed in the war; Lily, Frederick, Willie, Leonard, Herbert and Daisy were the youngest.

Samuel went to Rayne School, being admitted on 12th December 1892, leaving on 15th April 1898 to work on a farm.By 1901, he was a general kitchen hand.

By 1911, Samuel was living in Seal (Kent) with his wife Beatrice and daughter Kathleen Elizabeth who was five months old.

Samuel was a domestic gardener.

Samuel enlisted in Maidstone.

Panel Number:

ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France Bay3 The Arras Memorial is in the Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, which is in the Boulevard du General de Gaulle in the western part of the town of Arras. The cemetery is near the Citadel, approximately 2 kilometres due west of the railway station.

The Memorial commemorates almost 35,000 casualties of the British, New Zealand and South African Forces who died between Spring 1916 and 7th August 1918, with the exception of casualties of the Battle of Cambrai in 1917, and who have no known grave.

The design, by Sir Edward Lutyens, consists of a cloister, 25 feet high and 380 feet long, built up on Doric columns and faces west. In the broader part of the site the colonnade returns to form a recessed and open court, terminated by an apse. The names of the casualties are carved on stone panels fixed to the cloister walls.

Theatre of War:

During April and May 1917 the Battle of Arras was launched,

One which succeeded was to capture the high ground East of Arras, known as Vimy Ridge.

The second objective was to take some pressure off the French Army which was attacking the Germans further south

The Royal Fusiliers took part in some the heavy fighting which preceded the capture of Vimy Ridge, and suffered heavy casualties.

Private Samuel Hance is yet another soldier who sadly has no known grave.