Little is known about Samuel but he was the second youngest of seven children born to Thomas Clark Guy (1865-1931) and Elizabeth Guy (neé Evans born 1864). His siblings were Mary Elizabeth (1887-1890); Thomas Henry (1889-1966); Ada (1891-1913); Albert (1894-?); and Fred (1902-1925). Another child must have died in infancy. Thomas was a carter, born in Toxteth Park. His parents were John (1838-1913) and Jane Guy (neé Youd 1844-1913). Elizabeth Evans was the daughter of James and Sarah Ann Evans (neé Lord), both were born about 1839.
In 1901 the family were living at 14 Percy Street, Bootle, where Thomas was age 36, and employed as a timber carter, born in Liverpool. Elizabeth was also 36, born in Bootle. Thomas junior was 12 born in Bootle, Ada was 10 born in Kirkdale, Albert was 7 born in Kirkdale, and Samuel was 4 born in Bootle. Elizabeth’s brother Frederick Evans was living with the family, he was a general labourer aged 24 born in Bootle.
By 1911 the family had moved to Seaforth and were living at 27 Gordon Road. They must have lived at Hoylake in between the census years as Samuel’s youngest brother Fred was born there. Thomas junior was now a sawyer; Ada was a student; Albert was an apprentice mechanical machinist and Samuel and Fred were still in School.
Liverpool Pals cap badge
Unfortunately Samuel’s service records did not survive, but he enlisted at Liverpool into the 19th Bn Kings (Liverpool Regiment) known as the “Pals”. This was formed in Liverpool on 29th August 1914 by Lord Derby. On 30th April 1915 it came under the orders of the 89th Brigade, 30th Division and landed at Boulogne in November 1915.
Battles that Samuel most likely saw action in were, in 1916 the Division was involved in the Battles of the Somme which included the Battle of Albert in early July, and the Battle of Transloy Ridges between the 1st and 18th October. 1917 saw the first and second Battle of the Scarpe in April, which was part of the Arras Offensive; and the Battle of Pilckem Ridge between 31st July and 2nd August which was part of the third Battle of Ypres. The First Battle of the Somme 1918 saw the Battle of Quentin between 21st and 23rd March; the actions at the Somme Crossings on 24th and 25th March and the Battle of Rosières on 26th and 27th March.
Samuel is commemorated on a headstone at Holy Trinity Church yard. The Monumental Inscription shows that his sister Ada and brother Fred are buried there as is his uncle Frederick Evans and Frederick’s wife Lydia Annie Evans (neé Jones). The epitaph reads:
GUY/EVANS – Ornate Gothic Sandstone Headstone Black Lettering
In/loving memory of/Ada GUY/who departed this life 20th May 1913/aged 22 years/”To be with Christ, which is far better/also L-Cpl Samuel GUY/killed in action in France 28th March 1918/aged 21 years/”Duty nobly done”/also Fred GUY/who died 4th July 1925/aged 23 years/also Frederick EVANS/who died 10th Oct 1954/also Lydia Annie EVANS/his dear wife/who died 20th Feb 1970/”Re-united”
Birth: 19th January 1897 Bootle, Lancashire
Death: 28th March 1918 killed in action age 21
Address: 14 Percy Street, Bootle (01); 27 Gordon Road, Seaforth (11)
Unit: 19th Bn Kings (Liverpool Regiment)
Number and Rank: Lance Corporal 241632 formerly 3821
Medals: British War, Victory
Commemorated and Buried: H, Holy Trinity Church yard, France: Poziers Memorial Panel 21 to 23
Sources: CWGC, SDGW, MC, LE, Census: 01, 11