MANNING, Amos Bertie

No.25399, Private, Amos Bertie MANNING
Aged 19

9th Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment
formerly 9740, Suffolk Regiment
Died of his Wounds on Tuesday, 23rd July 1918

Amos Manning was born on 7th April 1898 in Cockfield, Suffolk,(Cosford Q4-1898 4A:799), son of William and Mary MANNING (née CRICK).

1901 census...Aged 2, he was at Poplar's Farm, Felsham, Stow, with his father William MANNING [32] horse man born Kettlebaston; his mother Mary Ann [31] born Cockfield; sisters Ellen M [10], Kate [6] 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 [9] born in Felsham and sister Agnes Mabel [5] 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 (Gezaincourt) 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 [17] and George [7]. Sisters were Mrs Ellen Claydon [27] of Dullingham, Mrs Kate Brown [25] of Burrough on the Hill, Melton Mowbray, Ruth Manning [18] at Norton Hall, Bury St Edmunds and Agnes Manning [14] 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

Amos Manning is buried in Bagneux British Cemetery, Gezaincourt, France - grave 3:D:17

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