After serving his country Army Veteran, Sam Nowell, never spoke about his experiences. We look back at the life of a humble man who undertook one last act of incredible service… to leave a gift in his Will to support his Armed Forces family.
Gifts in Wills, or legacies, support almost a third of our work. Every single one makes the world of difference to the wounded, injured and sick Veterans and Service Personnel we support.
Many people support our crucial work by leaving a little something after providing for their family and friends. Their extraordinary generosity makes a lasting difference. These are our unsung heroes… one such hero was Sam Nowell.
Sam was born in Bath in 1928. His father, William, served in the Somerset Light Infantry for 11 years and suffered serious bronchial damage because of enemy gas attacks during World War One.
Like so many families, the Nowells suffered the shockwaves of The Great War. Two of Sam’s uncles were killed, and William never fully recovered from his injuries.
Despite having witnessed the effects of war, Sam enlisted with the Royal Engineers:
“He never really spoke much about his Army days”, remembers his friend, Mr Pearson. “But we know that’s where he learnt carpentry – which became his trade when he left the Army in 1952.”
With a keen interest in national and international affairs, Sam took an active interest in our Armed Forces till the end:
“Having lived in the same house since 1945, Sam was an important and well-loved member of our community. He enjoyed discussing the role of the Army with his visitors and knew only too well the enormous sacrifices made by our Service Personnel – he felt a strong sense of duty to support our Veterans.”
Sam passed away at the age of 87, in his own home. Always a family man, he is buried next to his beloved parents.
Sorely missed and still fondly spoken about, his last act of incredible service will ensure his memory lives on.
By leaving a gift in his Will Sam continues to support his Armed Forces family today.