Born on 25th September 1992 in the British Military Hospital in Rinteln, Germany, Samantha is the only child of Michael and Caroline Butler. The former a Warrant Officer in the Royal Dragoon Guards, the latter an English teacher. She spent the first three and a half years of her life living in Paderborn, before relocating to the UK with her parents ahead of her father's deployment to Northern Ireland.
After finishing school at 18, secured a place at the Royal Veterinary College in London. Taking two years out to travel with friends in Asia and Australia she returned to London in 2013 to start her course.
Three years into her course, she was given the opportunity to spend just under a year in a foreign country to expand her knowledge and experience. Choosing Chernarus as her destination she set off from Stansted airport, touching down in Novigrad on September 30th 2016 along with another student colleague of hers, Amanda Thomas. Sharing a small apartment together, they spent the first 6 months in the country in Novigrad, working with a local clinic.
In March 2017, they left Novigrad, traveling to South Zagoria for the last 6 months of the year in order to work with a different clinic. Arriving in Chernogorsk, Samantha received the news that the apartment they had planned to stay in was not currently available and they were forced to search for temporary accommodation until such time where it was ready. Settling on a hostel in Dubky; the pair started work with the new clinic, spending the majority of their time traveling across the region, regularly visiting local farms to treat horses and cattle suffering from various ailments. This routine continued until martial law was declared on May 3rd.