Amos Broadstock was born 26th February, 1877 at Bull Lane, West Bromwich, Staffordshire and the second of three children to John Broadstock and Mary (Bamford).
In the 1891 census, when Amos was 14 years old, he was employed as a tube maker, and the family had left 16, Bull Lane and were now living at 59, Foredraft Street, Greet’s Green, West Bromwich before moving again by 1901 to 12, Tasker Street in the same town. Mrs Broadstock, who was a native of Wednesbury, Staffordshire, had died in 1897 aged 53. Mr Broadstock, a native of West Bromwich, died in 1911 aged 80. He was previously married to lady named Sarah who died in 1871 aged about 40. He was employed as a collier but in his later years he was an invalid.
Amos married Ada Price, of Wednesbury, Staffordshire, at the All Saints Parish Church, Moxley, Staffordshire on 23rd November 1902, and the 1911 census found them living at 63, Mount Place, Chester Road, Flint. Amos had gained employment at the Hawarden Bridge Ironworks, Shotton. They had five children – Walter (1905–93), Ernest Amos (1908–87), Jack (1911–54), Doris (1912–?) and Vera May (1914–84).
He enlisted in Wrexham in 1914 and landed in France 28th November, 1914.
He died on 26th March, 1917, of bronchopneumonia at the No. 1 Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, France and was buried at the Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France (Plot XXII, Row C, Grave 3A). He is remembered on two war memorials: St David’s Parish Church, Oakenholt and St Gabriel’s Parish Church, Walsall.
He was awarded the 1914–15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Ada died in Walsall in 1950 and was cremated at Great Barr Crematorium.
The following are greetings cards Amos sent home while he was away in the army.