Born: 11th October 1881, Bridgewater, Somerset.

Baptised: 1st November 1881, at St. Mary’s Church, Bridgewater, Somerset. Parents: Winifred & the late Samuel Walter Oram. Address: High Street, Bridgewater, Somerset.

Died: 25th February 1919; age: 37; Died of Pleurisy following Influenza, at Ipswich Military Hospital.

Samuel had become ill as a Prisoner of War for 3 1/2 years in Germany.

Residence: 1760, 7th Avenue East Grand View, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Occupation: a Grocery Clerk

Enlistment Details: Location: Valcartier, Quebec; Date: 19th September 1914; Age: 32 years & 11 months; Religion: CofE. Next of Kin: mother – Mrs. W. Vincent, of 827, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich. Height: 5ft & 9 1/2ins, medium complexion, blue eyes & brown hair.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 16342.

Regiment: Canadian Infantry, 1st British Columbia Regiment, 8th Coy, 7th Battalion.


Grave Reference:

Heroes Corner.


Ipswich Old Cemetery,


Headstone erected by relatives.


Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Samuel Walter Oram, of Bridgewater, Somerset & Winifred Oram.




1891   Commercial Hotel, Trelowarren Street, Camborne, Cornwall.


Samuel was 9 years old and living with his widowed mother & stepbrother.

Winifred Vincent (nee Foot (1st marriage Oram)), 39, a Hotel Keeper & employer, born Were, Wiltshire.

Stanley Mitchell Vincent, 5, born Bridgewater, Somerset.

1 visitors.


1901   1,2,3, & 4, Waverley Road, Grocery & Provisions Shop, Bristol, Gloucestershire.


Samuel was 19 years old, a Grocer’s Assistant. He was a boarder with his employer – 44 year old, Oliver Holland, a Grocer & Provision Merchant.


Samuel joined the Freemasons at Eldon Lodge, Portishead, on the 13th February 1909. He was 27 years old, and a Grocer.


Samuel was 28 years old, and a Grocer, when he departed the Port of Bristol and sailed on board S.S. ‘Royal George.’ Arrived at the Port of Quebec, Canada on the 28th July 1910. He was travelling to be with his brother in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Samuel’s stepbrother, Stanley Mitchell Vincent, a Labourer, had sailed to Canada in May 1905.


Samuel’s father was Samuel Walter Oram, born 1838 – died March 1881, in Bridgewater, Somerset, a Hotel Keeper at the High Street. He was buried at St. Mary’s Bridgewater. His mother, Winifred Vincent died in February 1919, at 827, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.


On the 10th June 1919, the burial report was sent to Samuel’s brother, Bertie Bath Oram, c/o The Royal Hotel, Waterloo, Liverpool, Lancashire.


Probate to Bertie Bath Oram – Lieutenant Commander, R.N.R. – brother.



The funeral took place with full military honours at the Ipswich Cemetery on Saturday of Private S.W. Oram, 7th Canadians, whose death occurred on February 25th in Ranelagh Road Military Hospital. The deceased was laid to rest in the same grave as his mother, who only predeceased him by a week. The coffin, draped with the Union jack, was borne to the Cemetery on a gun carriage furnished by D Battery 7th Reserve Brigade Royal Field Artillery, whilst the 52nd Cheshires provided the bearers, firing party and buglers. The service was conducted by the Rev. H.B. Richardson, curate of St. John’s. The mourners were Lieut.-Commander B.B. Oram, R.N.R., and Mr. and Mrs. Clark (brother-in-law and sister). The funeral arrangements were carried out by Hastings and Sons, under the supervision of Mr. P. Hastings.

Image from 1919 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.

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