No.25399, Private, Amos Bertie MANNING
9th Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment
Amos Manning was born on 7th April 1898 in Cockfield, Suffolk,(Cosford Q4-1898 4A:799), son of William and Mary MANNING
1901 census...Aged 2, he was at Poplar's Farm, Felsham, Stow, with his father William MANNING  horse man born Kettlebaston; his mother Mary Ann  born Cockfield; sisters Ellen M , Kate  both born in Cockfield, and Ruth E [ 6 months] born in Felsham.
1911 census...Aged 12, he was at Station Road, Dullingham with his parents, sister Ruth Elizabeth and brother Percy James  born in Felsham and sister Agnes Mabel  born in Dullingham. His mother had lost one of her seven children.
He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds on 15th April 1916 in the Suffolk Regiment # 9740. He gave his exact date of birth, occupation gardener. He
was 5 feet 4.75 (164.4 cm)
inches tall, weighed 125 lbs (56.9 kg), chest 35" to 38" (88.9 to 96.5 cm), blue eyed, golden brown hair and Church of England|
Joined the regiment at Felixstowe on 17th April and posted to the 3rd Battalion on the 18th.
He was posted to the British Expeditionary Force via Folkstone-Boulogne on 13th September 1917, transferred to the West Riding Regiment on 21st September.
He joined the 9th West Riding Regiment in the field on 24th September 1917. Suffering gun shot wounds to arms and legs, he was admitted to No 56 CCS on 23rd July 1918, dying there the same day.
In November 1918 his father received his effects which were " Letters, Photos, Religious book, Coins, Wallet, 3 razors, box of cigarettes, comb, cards and a photo case"
On the form of 21-6-1919 his parents were at Station Road, Dullingham with his brothers James  and George . Sisters were Mrs Ellen Claydon  of Dullingham, Mrs Kate Brown  of Burrough on the Hill, Melton Mowbray, Ruth Manning  at Norton Hall, Bury St Edmunds and Agnes Manning  at St Mary's Square, Bury St Edmunds.
Amos' Army records do not give where he was wounded. Only one other of his battalion died that day and he was buried some distance from Amos, near Doullens.
The dreaded telegram
photo: Rodney Gibson photo: Rodney Gibson
photo: Rodney Gibson
photo: Rodney Gibson
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