Samuel Glass

Rifleman Samuel Glass served in 1st Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles during World War Two. He landed in Normandy on D-Day and was shot by a sniper on 7th June.

Rifleman Samuel Glass (7020032) served in 1st Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles during World War Two.

Born on 28th November 1921, he was the youngest son of John Glass and Agnes Glass of the Shankill area of Belfast, Co. Antrim. He was the husband of Sarah Glass (née Douglas) of Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England. Sarah, known as Sadie, served in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force at RAF Grimsby.

Samuel, known as Sammy, had two older brothers; William John (Jackie) who served in Burma, and George who was in the Royal Navy. Sammy had been a member of the 70th (Young Soldiers) Battalion.

Horsa Gliders in Normandy

Imperial War Museum Photo: B 5233 (Part of the War Office Second World War Official Collection). Horsa gliders near the Caen Canal bridge (Pegasus Bridge) at Benouville on 8th June 1944. Part of 6th Airborne Division's 'coup de main' force, carrying men of 'D' and 'B' Company, 2nd Battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Photo taken by Sergeant Christie - No. 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit.

A German sniper shot Rifleman Glass in Normandy on 7th June 1944. He died next to his friend Dubliner Thomas Meehan. Samuel was 22 years old. He had landed at around 2100hrs the previous day, D-Day.

He received the following medals after his death.

  • 1939-1945 Star.
  • France and Germany Star.
  • Defence Medal.
  • 1939-1945 War Medal. Mediale de Jubile D Day 50th Anniversary Medal 1944-1994.

Before the war, Sammy had been a keen sportsman and was an accomplished soccer goalkeeper.

Samuel Glass’ grave is in Section IA, Row A, Grave 1 of Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, Normandy, France. His name is also on the Glass family headstone in Dundonald Cemetery, Dundonald, Co. Down. His headstone bears the inscription:

His sun went down while it was yet day.