Samuel Paine was the son of Jonah and Rosanna Paine of 106 Maltmill Lane, Blackheath, and enlisted in the Dorsets. He was sent to the 5th (Service) Battalion which returned from Gallipoli early in 1916. They were engaged during 1916 in the Battle of the Somme and during 1917 in several actions of the Third Battle of Ypres. After the defeats in the Spring offensives of 1918 the Dorsets were very active in the Advance to Victory. Their greatest success was the crucial break-through during the Battle of the Canal du Nord, a strong-point of the Hindenburg Line, starting on the 27th September. However, casualties were suffered, including Private Samuel Paine. He was taken to a Casualty Clearing Station near Arras and died of wounds on the 29th September. He is buried in Duisans Military Cemetery (VII A 62) and commemorated on the Blackheath and Halesowen Memorials. His brother, Walter, was killed in April 1917.
ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH,High St,Halesowen,Dudley,West Midlands,B63 3BB,England, B63 3BB
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