Samuel Fleming was the youngest son of John Wilson Fleming and Annie Fleming. He was born on 20th November 1894. The large family lived in Chapel Street, Cookstown. His father was an accountant and Clerk of Petty Sessions. Samuel was educated at Campbell College, and as a young man he emigrated to Canada, where he settled close to Calgary and worked at the Canadian Bank of Commerce. Samuel enlisted in August 1915. Private Samuel Alexander Fleming was serving with the 10th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry when he was killed in action at the Battle of Arras on Vimy Ridge on 9th April 1917.
The Vimy Memorial overlooks the Douai Plain from the highest point of Vimy Ridge, about eight kilometres northeast of Arras on the N17 towards Lens. The memorial is signposted from this road to the left, just before you enter the village of Vimy from the south. The memorial itself is someway inside the memorial park, but again it is well signposted.