Smith, Amos

Amos Smith was born in the first quarter of 1886, the son of David and Elizabeth Smith, 52 Church Rd. David and Elizabeth had 11 children, 10 of whom were still living in 1911. In the 1901 census, at Church Road the family comprised of  David 46 coal miner, Elizabeth 44, Ada 17, Amos 17 tobacconist shop assistant born Buckley, Frederick 10, Mary 7, William 5, Florence 3, Maud 1.

In 1911, children present were Ada, Amos, Fred, Mary, William, Florrie, and Maud. Amos was then listed as a coal miner.

From a newspaper account, Amos emigrated to Australia in about 1911 but returned in 1914. He married Edith Louisa Williams at Buckley Zion Chapel 9 May 1915. Edith was 22, a cook of 94 Liscard Rd. Wallasey, Cheshire. father William Williams, a collier. Amos entered France in December 1915 and died in 1917 while resting behind the lines.

In Church Road, Amos lived two doors from Randal Jones who was killed in Iraq in 1916.

From the County Herald, July 1917

News has been received of the death in action of Private Amos Smith, a married man who resided at Victoria Road, Buckley. Along with three comrades he was killed whilst resting behind the lines. Six years ago the deceased soldier emigrated to Australia, but he returned to this country just before the war started. He had been at the front over two years. He was a member of the Tabernacle Primitive Methodist Sunday School.

Amos is remembered on the family grave at St. Matthew’s.

In loving memory of


The beloved wife of

David Smith

Church Road, Buckley

Who died March 29th 1930

Aged 73 years

Waiting in holy stillness, wrapped in sleep

Also the above David Smith

Who died April 1st 1934

Aged 79 years

Also Amos

Son of the above

The dearly beloved husband of

Edith Smith

Killed in action in France

June 22nd 1917

Aged 29 years

Learn more about the other soldiers on the Buckley Memorial

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