HANSON, Samuel D.

Private Samuel Disney Hanson
89462 Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
38707 3rd Lincolnshire Regiment
121839 Machine Gun Corps

Samuel Hanson was born in 1898 at Westwood, son of Isaac Hanson a pit banksman born in Huddersfield and his wife Mary (nee Disney) from Keyworth. In 1901 and also in 1911 the family was living at Old Westwood (Palmerston Street), Westwood.  Samuel was one of 7 sons, Arthur b. 1883 Keyworth, Archibald Neville  b. 1885 Long Eaton, John Henry b. 1888 Keyworth, Sidney Herbert b. 1890 Keyworth, George Ernest b. 1892 Westwood, Samuel Disney b. 1898 Westwood and Oswald b. 1901 Westwood.

The Absent Voters Roll of 1918 records that Samuel is serving with Machine Gun Corps.  He enlisted on 2nd July 1917, aged 19 years and 4 months. His height is given as 5’5″ and his civilian occupation as a coal miner. His army pension record has survived which indicates Samuel had two bouts of debilitating illness. In December 1917  he was in Grantham Military Hospital until the end of February 1918 with empyema, a lung infection similar to pleurisy. In May 1918 he was found fit for duty but by October 1918 began to suffer from boils which developed into chronic furunculosis (painful, swollen, recurring boils) on his face, chest and back. Furunculosis could be accompanied by fever, swollen lymph nodes and fatigue. His condition was attributed to his active service, possibly poor living conditions and bacterial infection and he was invalided out on 9th October 1919 with an army pension of 5s 6d per week for 26 weeks. Samuel was a recipient of the Victory and British War Medals indicating that he saw service in the latter part of the war.

Samuel and his brothers Arthur, Archibald, John Henry and George Ernest are all listed on the Jacksdale War Memorial as having served and survived.

In 1920 Samuel married Annie Elizabeth Brown in the Basford District and they had children Hilda, Eric, Samuel and Dora.

Samuel died in the Nottingham District in 1964, aged 66 years. His father Isaac Hanson died in 1931, aged 74 and his mother Mary died in 1919, aged 60 years both are buried at Westwood, St. Mary’s.