Samuel is remembered on Northgate High School Memorial, Ipswich. Formerly Ipswich Grammar School for Boys.


Born: 9th December 1890, Stutton, Suffolk.

Died: 15th September 1916; age: 25; KiA.

Reported missing on the 15th September 1916. A court enquiry was held and evidence was heard from two of Samuel’s comrades of the 8th Coy. Both men reported to the court that they had not seen or heard from Samuel Southgate, Private T. Wooster, 22903 – 13th Reinforcements & Private R.H. McKinnon, 8/4192, of the 11th Reinforcements. The three men were missing after the attack at the Somme on the 15th September 1916 and could not have been taken prisoner. The opinion of the court was that the three soldiers were Killed in Action on the 15th September 1916.

ROBERT HUGH McKINNON, aged 34, a Private, 8/4192, of the Otago Regiment, 2nd Battalion. A Farmer, and son of Alexander & Jessie McKinnon, of Whiterig, Gore, Southland, New Zealand.

THOMAS WOOSTER, aged 23, a Private, 22903, of the Otago Regiment, 2nd Battalion. Son of Thomas & Mary Beatrice Wooster, of Waipawa, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.


Occupation: Farm Labourer – Mr. Alf Jefferson, of South Makirikiri, Marton, New Zealand.

Enlistment Location: Trentham, Upper Hut, New Zealand; Date: 8th February 1916; Age: 25; Religion: Anglican. Height: 5ft 7 1/4ins, fair complexion, blue eyes & brown hair. Next of Kin: brother – John Southgate, of Marton & Mrs. J. Southgate, of Rookery Farm, Bentley, Suffolk.



New Zealand: 7th February 1916 – 28th May 1916

Embarked: Wellington – 29th May 1916 Troopship ‘Tofuna’ – 27th July 1916 – Devonport.

England: 28th July 1916 to Sling Camp, Salisbury Plains – 12th August 1916

France: 13th August 1916.

Joined Otago Regiment, 2nd Battalion and posted 8th Coy – 24th August 1916 – Rouen.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 22879.

Regiment: New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Otago Regiment, 2nd Battalion – 13th Reinforcements.


Memorial Reference:

Caterpillar Valley (New Zealand) Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mrs. J. F. Southgate, of Rookery Farm, Bentley, Suffolk, England, and the late Herbert Southgate.






1891   Alton Mill, Stutton, Suffolk.


Samuel was 4 months old and living with his parents and paternal cousin.

Herbert Southgate, 41, a Miller – employer, born Needham Market, Suffolk.

Justina Florence Southgate (nee Jarrett), 28, born Diss, Norfolk.

Herbert Southgate, 5, born Stutton.

Ashford Southgate, 3, born Stutton – died 1895, Suffolk.

John Southgate, 1, born Stutton.

Hubert Southgate, 18, a Miller, born Writtle, Essex.

1 general domestic servant.


1901   Rookery Farm, Bentley, Suffolk.


Samuel was 10 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Herbert, 51, a Farmer & Corn Miller – employer.

Florence, 38.

Eva Southgate, 16, born Stutton.

Herbert, 15.

John, 11.

Annie Southgate, 8, born Stutton.

Jarrett Southgate, 6, born Stutton.

Marion Southgate, 5, born Stutton.

Arthur Southgate, 3, born Stutton.

Olive Southgate, 1 born Bentley.


1911   The Rookery Farm, Bentley, Suffolk.


Samuel was 20 years old, a Stockman. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Herbert, 61, a Farmer & Miller – Grist – employer.

Florence, 48.

Eva, 26.

Herbert, 25, a Science Tutor – College.

Annie, 18.

Jarrett, 16, a Stockman.

Marion, 15.

Arthur, 13.

Olive, 11.

Louisa Southgate, 8, born Bentley.

Irene Southgate, 6, born Bentley.

Margaret Southgate, 5, born Bentley.


On the 4th December 1913, 22 year old, Samuel, a Farmer departed from the Port of London. He sailed 3rd Class aboard S.S. ‘Ionic’ of the Shaw, Savill & Albion Co., Ltd. Samuel was contracted to land at Wellington to make New Zealand his permanent home.


Probate to Herbert Southgate – father, a Farmer.


Samuel and John are also remembered on the war memorial at Bentley, Suffolk.

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