1850 (Dec) - Born
William Fellows - born 1824 (milkman?) and Betsy
. . . Lived at . . . 32 Reynolds Street,
1853 - Birth of sister Mary Ann Fellows
1857 - Birth of brother Thomas Fellows
1859 - Birth of brother William Fellows
1867 - Birth of sister Susannah Fellows
1869 - Death of father William Fellows
1872 - Samuel
married Agnes also from Tipton
They had 6 children born in Smethwick . . .
1873 - James
1874 - Samuel (my grandfather)
1876 - Hannah
1878 - John
1882 - Lucy
1885 - Ruth
- Samuel was aged 51 - a labourer
He lived in Frome Somerset at Glebe Cottage Great
with son John aged 22 - a quarryman.
- Samuel aged 60 - worked as a sexton at the Church
of England in Great Elm.
Lived at South View, Great Elm, Somerset
. . . with Agnes (wife) aged 61(married 39 years
with 6 children all living).
. . . and Ruth Palmer (daughter) aged 26 (married
for 1 year with one child
. . . and Reginald Palmer (grandson) aged 6 months
- born Great Elm.
Sometime before 1901 Samuel moved from Smethwick to
Frome with his son John.
Between 1901 and 1911 he was joined in Frome by
Agnes (his wife) and Ruth (his youngest
Ruth had a baby Reginald of 6 months. Ruth's
husband was either living elsewhere or dead.
1929 (Dec) -
Samuel died aged 79 at Great Elm, Frome,
His wife Agnes also died in 1929 at Great Elm aged
Margaret Gilmour the church warden at Great Elm,
where he was sexton, confirms that both Samuel and
his wife Agnes are in the church registers, so are
presumably buried in the churchyard, but there are
no gravestones for them.
1874 - born
Parents Samuel Fellows and Agnes
- aged 26 he was a labourer living at 19
. . . with wife Eliza Manders aged 25 (born
. . . and son Samuel Frank aged 2 (Brian's
- aged 36 - worked as a sewer man for Birmingham
. . . still living at 19 Salisbury Road
. . . with Eliza Fellows his wife aged 35
. . . and Samuel Frank Fellows (son) aged 12
. . . and Joseph Manders a boarder aged 66 (widower
- labourer) - Eliza's father?
1914 - July 28 -
First World War started
Samuel was 40 and Frank was 15
Samuel joined RAMC (Royal Armed Medical Corps) as
1915 October -
Samuel was injured by shell while rescuing
See note about Samuel's injury.
1915 December - Samuel returns to Britain for
1916 - July 16 -
Samuel died in Birmingham hospital aged 42.
The death certificate gives his occupation as
Private in Royal Army Medical Corps (corporation
Cause of death: epithelioma of the tongue.
buried in Smethwick Old Churchyard. Grave ref:
Samuel Private 37838, Royal Army Medical Corps.
Died 16th July 1916.
Son of Mr. S. Fellows, of Great Elm, Frome and
husband of Eliza Fellows, of 19, Salisbury Road,
In October 1915, Private Samuel Fellows was
carrying a wounded soldier from the trenches on his
back, when a shell burst behind him. The shell blew
the wounded soldier's head off, and the shock
caused Private Fellows to bite his tongue almost in
half. He never reported the injury for two months,
and it was found he had developed a growth in his
throat. He was treated in hospital, and was
transferred to a Birmingham hospital, where he
died. He is buried at Smethwick Old Churchyard,
Staffordshire. Grave Ref. 2704. His name appears on
the Frome War Memorial.