The Midland Railway – Butterley will be holding a special commemoration in May to mark the centenary of the death of Sapper Alfred Frederick Amos in the First World War and are trying to locate his relatives.
Prior to joining the Royal Engineers, Sapper Amos was a Midland Railway Company employee, based at Butterley Station. He was one of 2833 former Midland Railway employees who lost their lives during the First World War, but the only one to have been based at Butterley. He served in the 109th Railway Company and is buried in Nine Elms British Cemetery in Flanders. The railways were essential on the Western Front for the movement of men, munitions and other equipment, and many temporary narrow gauge lines were built to aid the process. Sapper Amos’ railway experience was undoubtedly valuable to the British Army.
Sapper Amos is known to have been 32 at the time of his death and that his mother, Mrs Elizabeth Ann Amos, was living at 68 New Buildings, Greenhill Lane, Riddings, Derbyshire, although the family were from Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire. Are you a relative of Sapper Amos? If so, please contact Anne Deeth at the Midland Railway – Butterley via the website www.midlandrailway-butterley.co.uk or by telephone on 01773 747674.
Anne Deeth said “We would love to be able to include family members in our commemoration of Sapper Amos on the centenary of his death and hope that we will be able to locate them.”