Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Mavis Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Connahs Quay
Name / Enw: Amos Samuel Ernest V
Regiment/Catrawd: 8th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Lance Corporal 12695
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Basra Memorial
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Panel 15
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: Mesopotamia (Now Iraq)
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory and British War medals
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
Killed in action 9th April 1916
Samuel was born in 1890 in Bedminster Somerset (Birth Certificate – Bedminster Vol. 5c Page 680). We find him there with his family in the 1891 census. Living at 3 Talblot Street were William H 26, an iron worker, his wife Ruth 25 and their children Florence, 3, William H 2 and Samuel E.V. who was 7 months.
Ten years later in 1901, in the next census we find the family have moved to 26 Brook Road Shotton in Flintshire. William H now 36 was a sheet iron roller (puddler) , Ruth was 35 and now four children Florence 13, William H 12, Samuel E.V 10 and Albert E * 8.
*On the Absent Voter’s List of 1919 Albert Edward was No. 2773 AMOS, Albert Edward 15, Brook Road. Sgt., 24th R.W.F., B.E.F. His number on the same list of 1918 was 5384.
In 1911 the family’s address is 51 Brook Road, Shotton, Flintshire. Both parents were there and Florence was no longer living at home but all the sons were still there and all, like their father were ironworkers. Samuel was now 20.
In 1911, Samuel E V Amos married Mary Taylor at St Ethelwold’s Church in Shotton. She remarried in 1919 a William Walton at St. Ethelwols’d Church, Shotton, (C115/02/E92).
Commonwealth War Graves Commission additional Information:Husband of Mary Elizabeth Walton (formerly Amos), of 17, Brook Rd., Shotton, Chester.
There is a Flintshire Roll of Honour card for Samuel at the County Archive Office in Hawarden, Flintshire. It gives the address as 41 Brook Road Shotton and states his regimental details as above. It says he served from 29th August 1914 until his death in April 1916. The card was signed by Mrs Walton in 1921. She was formerly Mrs Amos (Samuel’s wife).
UK Soldiers who died in the Great War 1914- 19 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk tells us that he enlisted in Shotton.
Samuel Amos in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us that the Sole Legatee was his widow Mary Elizabeth Amos who was paid £8. 12s 8d on the 23rd October 1916 and his War Gratuity of £7. 0s 0d on the 4th September 1919, also written in pencil was “Claim W3094 £1. 13s 4d on the 20th November 1916.”
There is a family grave in Hawarden churchyard North Extension (1912) West side. The inscription is as follows
In Loving memory of
William Henry Amos
Died 10th May 1923 aged 58
Also their son Samuel Amos
Killed in Action 9th April 1916
Ruth Amos Died 26th April 1927 age 61
‘From their grandchildren William and Clara’
This is also remembered on the Imperial War Museum – Memorial Project Website -http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/60247
Addition to gravestone in the form of kerbstones.
North kerbstone: IN LOVING MEMORY OF WILLIAM HENRY AMOS (…) South kerbstone: ALSO THEIR SON SAMUEL KILLED IN ACTION APRIL 9, 1916. (Line breaks not known)
Samuel’s Commonwealth War Grave Certificate (see below) tells us that his widow had remarried and lived at 17 Brook Street. (We make this the fourth house in the same street that this family occupied)
Samuel is mentioned in the book ” Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1918 Royal Welsh Fusiliers Volume 28″.
Thanks to Bill Tyrell, who allowed me access to the Minutes of the the Conservative Club Shotton where in a meeting on the 9th October 1916 the committee voted to give financial help to sixteen widows of the area. Mrs. AMOS, Brook Road, Shotton, was one of those widows, they were each given 5/-. Please click on the link to read the names of the others who were mentioned in the minutes.