Charles William AMOS

Aged 38

No. A/200524, Private, 11th Battalion, King's Royal Rifles
formerly 5691, London Regiment
Died of his Wounds on Thursday, 20th September, 1917

Born in Q4-1878, in Woodditton [Newmarket 3b:539], to John Francis and Emma AMOS (née BOAR) of 3 Flint Cottages, Granby Street, Newmarket. Brother of Frank AMOS.

1881 census...At 3 Flint Cottages, Granby Street,Newmarket were Charles W [2]; his father John F [38], a railway porter born in Pattiswick, Essex; his mother Ellen [37], born Pattiswick; sisters Emma [16], born Pattiswick; Louisa [9], born Woodditton; Alice N [4 months], born Woodditton, and his brother John. F [6] born in Woodditton.

1891 census...At Flint Cottages, Granby Street were Charles; his parents; brother John, now a railway porter; sisters Alice [9] and Nelly [5] and brother Cecil [1], all born in Newmarket

1901 census...In Granby Street, Newmarket were Charles [22], a postman; his parents; sisters Louisa, now a servant, Alice and Nellie, both dressmakers, and brother Cecil [11], still at school.

1911 census...At 24 Granby Street were Charles, his widowed mother and sister Nelly. His father died in 1907

All the children, except Alice, were born in Newmarket. The confusion as to place of birth centres on Woodditton being at times recorded as a parish of Newmarket as well as the village.

The pension card has his dependant as sister Nellie Amos at 26 Granby Street, Newmarket.

As he died from wounds and yet has no known grave it seems his original grave was destroyed in later fighting.

Eagle Trench, 20th September.
The 10th and 11th Battalions KRR took part in an attack north-east of Langemarck. The first objective was taken and held; fighting was severe and somewhat confused. Casualties were heavy, and though further progress was made in places, at dusk most of the small parties left out withdrew.

Losses of the two battalions. - Officers: killed 10, wounded 6; other ranks 351.

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The Post Office plaque

Charles Amos is commemorated on the Newmarket Memorial, William Day in on the Lidgate memorial
Thomas Atherton is named on the Little Thurlow memorial.

No Known Grave - Charles is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium...Ref: Panels 115-118 & 162A-163A
and also commemorated on the plaque in the Post Office, Newmarket

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