Sam Burgess was the husband of Alice Hewitt.
Sam and Alice married in 1939 on the outbreak of war - their wedding reception was held in the Rovers Return's air-raid shelter. They were only married a week before Sam left to join the army, and Alice moved to Birkenhead to live with his family. When Sam was killed in Dunkirk in June 1940, a devastated Alice blamed her father Thomas for convincing Sam to enlist. When Thomas then used Sam's death to shame her brother Harry into enlisting, Alice cut all ties with her father, although Harry visited her in Birkenhead when he was on leave.