His full name was Samuel Ernest Victor Amos and he was born in1890 in Bristol, Gloucestershire. He was the third of four children to William Henry Amos and Ruth (Whitlock) and they lived at 3, Talbot Street, Bedminster, Bristol. The 1901 census revealed that the family had moved to 26, Brook Road, Shotton, Flintshire and that William Henry was working as a sheet iron roller at the Hawarden Bridge Ironworks. By the 1911 census they had moved to 51, Brook Road and Samuel was now also employed as an ironworker.
On 21st October, 1911 Samuel married Mary Elizabeth Taylor at St Deiniol’s Parish Church, Hawarden, and they lived at 26, Brook Road, Shotton. They had two children, William John (1912–80) and Samuel Ernest (1914–68).
Lance Corporal Amos was killed in action at Mesopotamia on 9th April, 1916. He has no known grave but is commemorated on the Basra memorial, Iraq, on Panel 15. He is also remembered on the following war memorials: St Mary’s Parish Church, Flint, Connah’s Quay Town, St Mark’s Parish Church, Connah’s Quay, and Hawarden Village. His name was also recorded in the Book of Remembrance at St Deiniol’s Parish Church, Hawarden and his parents’ headstone in Hawarden Churchyard, North Extension, West Side, in Plot A21. He is also commemorated on the North Wales Heroes, Memorial Arch, Bangor.
He was awarded 1914–15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Lance Corporal Amos was a member of the Shotton Conservative Club and in their Minute Book dated 9th October, 1916, it was recorded that 16 widows (including Mrs Amos) of men killed in action were to be sent five shillings each.
Samuel’s widow, Mary Elizabeth, re-married at St Ethelwold’s Parish Church, Shotton, 4th August, 1919, to William Walton (1876–1951), an ironworker, and they resided at 17, Brook Road, Shotton. She died in March 1956 and lies on her own in an unmarked grave in Connah’s Quay Cemetery.
His father died on 10th May, 1923, aged 59, and his mother Ruth died on 26th April, 1927, aged 62. They are buried together in Hawarden Churchyard.
This soldier is also remembered on memorials in Hawarden and Connah’s Quay/Shotton.