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'Sam was the gentlest of people'

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: October 31, 2013

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THE Royal British Legion Cheddleton Branch has held a dedication ceremony in memory of Lance Corporal Sam Greenfield.

The service on Sunday took place at St Edward’s Church Cemetery in Hollow Lane, Cheddleton, in honour of Sam, son of Colin and Sue Greenfield, of Ostlers Lane, Cheddleton.

His name has been added to the memorial plaque at the church and has also been added to the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, where a service was held earlier in the year.

Known to his family and friends as Sam, his middle name, he was tragically killed, aged 28, in an accident in 2012 while on service.

The Land Rover he was a passenger in collided with another car on the A14 near Ipswich.

The father-of-four, a Royal Engineer, had been travelling back to barracks after completing an Army training exercise.

Born and bred in Cheddleton, Sam attended St Andrew’s Playgroup and St Edward’s First School in the village, before moving to St Edward’s Academy and then Westwood College in Leek.

He was the second youngest of four siblings and leaves behind younger brother Dave, older sister Claire and older brother Paul.

Sam joined the Army at the age of 17 and took part in tours including Germany, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Kenya and Afghanistan.

Sam’s dad Colin, aged 62: “He was never in trouble. He was one of the most gentlest people.

“He got on well with both adults and his mates because he was so polite.

“He was a devoted son and he got on well with his siblings. I don’t think he ever met anyone who didn’t get on with him.

“He knew what he wanted, to join the Army, since the age of two.

“He always knew he wanted to be in the Royal Engineers. He was quite good at engineering, good with his hands.

“We would like to say thank you to everyone who has shown such lovely support, especially the Royal British Legion for organising the dedication service and our family and friends for their ongoing support.

“The Army has also been very supportive.

“The service was really well supported and we had quite a crowd of people who turned up in support, which was lovely to see.” Sam’s mum, Sue, aged 60, said: “He was very quiet and independent.

“I remember when he was at school having his careers interview and one of his teachers popped their head round the door and told the career person ‘this is the best student you are going to have as he knows what he wants and where he is going’.

“When he went to Afghanistan and the Congo fighting I was worried.

“But he would just say ‘don't worry mum, it's my job’.

“He was so quiet and he wasn't worried about going, and he helped anybody. He never challenged anybody.” Sam was married to Charlene and they lived in Woodbridge, Suffolk.

He leaves behind their children Harris-James, aged two, oneyear- old Jacob, and stepson Sean, aged seven.

Sam also has another son, eight-year-old Cory Greenfield, who lives in Leek.

Sam enjoyed cricket, having played for Ashcombe Park in Cheddleton, as well as in the Army.

In his younger years he also enjoyed Beavers and Cubs, as well as completing a Duke of Edinburgh Award and Scouts and Adventure Scouts.

Colin and Sue will be taking part in this year's Poppy Appeal collections in Cheddleton alongside the Royal British Legion (RBL).

Alan Bate, chairman of the RBL Cheddleton branch, said: “Thank you to Ivan Ash from Nettlebank Monumental Masons for their work, and also thanks to everyone who attended the service, and Michael Oliver who conducted the service.”

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