Bid to trace war hero’s family

MARK OF BRAVERY -- the medal belonging to Charles Sampson Stubbs
MARK OF BRAVERY -- the medal belonging to Charles Sampson Stubbs

A MEDAL belonging to a brave Hucknall soldier who was killed in France during the First World War has been unearthed.

Now an attempt has been launched by Hucknall men Gary Wood and Jim Grundy to trace any of his surviving relatives in an effort to reunite the family with the prize.

Charles Samson

Charles Samson

The medal was held by Charles Sampson Stubbs, who was born in Hucknall and lived with his parents at Moss and Plumb’s Farm at Misk Hills.

Sampson enlisted in August 1914 and, after training, he landed in France on August 25 1915.

He served as a driver with ‘D’ Battery, 104th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.

But on August 4 1918, while bringing ammunition to the battery, he was hit by a large shell splinter. He died in the arms of one of his officers.

Sampson’s photograph was featured in the Dispatch with news of his death.

An excerpt printed from a letter sent to Sampson’s parents reads: “I have a mother myself and I can understand your feelings. But, Mrs Stubbs, have courage. You will always know that he died honourably, fighting for his country.”

Sampson is buried in the small Boves West Communal Cemetery about nine kilometres south east of Amiens in northern France.

Anyone with information on Sampson is asked to get in touch with the Dispatch.