John Francis [Frank] AMOS

Aged 42

No. 3/7695, Private, 10th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
formerly 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Died on Wednesday, 21st June 1916

An Old Contemptible

Born in Newmarket in Q2-1874 [Newmarket 3b:537],to John Francis and Emma Letitia AMOS (née BORE or BOAR) of 3 Flint Cottages, Granby Street, Newmarket. (CWGC and England/Ireland Obituary Index has mother as Letitia, her middle name). Brother of Charles AMOS.

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

1891 census...At Flint Cottages, Granby Street were John [17], now a railway porter; his parents; brother Charles; sisters Alice [9], Nelly [5] and brother Cecil [1], born 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. John [27], a general labourer, was a boarder at The Lamb, Drapery Row, Newmarket.

1911 census...Now known as Frank, he was a baker, lodging with George Dexter in Drapery Row, Newmarket at the Lamb Inn. At 26 Granby Street were his widowed mother and sister Nelly and brother Charles. 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 a parish of Newmarket (All Saints side) as well as the village.

It is quite possible that he was the F. AMOS in the 12th Lancers in the 1st Boer War. About this time he appears to have been known as Frank. To have been under fire in the BEF in August-November 1914 he must have had previous military service. He had enlisted in Ely. No pension card has been found.

Frank's medal card has him in the 2nd Suffolks initially, the battalion that arrived in France in August 1914. The 10th were a Reserve home battalion in the Dovercourt area and around August/September 1916 were amalgamated into the Essex Regiment. Frank must have seen action in 1914 but unless his service record is found, there is no way of sorting it out. Possibly later on he was injured and attached to the Reserve Battalion. He died in the Great Eastern Military Hospital, Harwich. his sister Emma was sole legatee.

photo: John Granger

Frank is buried in Newmarket Cemetery Ref: H.619
and also commemorated on the Roll of Honour of All Saints School

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