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
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
Son of the above
The dearly beloved husband of
Killed in action in France
June 22nd 1917
Aged 29 years