Samuel was born in the parish of St Thomas' C of E Church, Wellington Road South, Stockport. His parents, Mr & Mrs W H Davenport, lived at 63 Greystoke Street, Stockport. Samuel lived at 9 Bredbury Street, in the Newbridge Lane area of town, with his wife and 6-year-old son. He worked nearby as a doubler at the cotton mill of Thomas Reynold and Son, Newbridge Lane. He volunteered for the army soon after war was declared and went overseas on 10 January 1915. This will have been one of the first drafts of replacement troops for the regular army troops of the First Battalion, who had been killed or wounded in the first few months of fighting. On 13th March, the Cheshire’s moved forward from reserve positions at Kruisstraart, south of Ypres (now Ieper) and went into front line trenches nearby. The Battalion's official war diary makes no mention of casualties only describing it as a "quiet day". Samuel was probably killed by enemy shellfire. If his body was found, then it would have been buried just behind the front line. Many of these small burial areas were destroyed by shellfire during the course of the war or the grave markers were lost. Samuel has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing along with over 54000 other soldiers.