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From the brewery to the battlefield - the story of David Amos

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 31, 2014

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THE Memory Book details the lives of 18 soldiers from the parish of Marston on Dove who fell during The Great War.

One of those is David Amos, who was born in Wolstanton in 1877. His father, Thomas, died a year later and the family moved to Railway Crossing Cottages in Marston on Dove between 1881 and 1883, where David attended Hilton School. During this time he was known as David Lewis, having been enrolled under his stepfather's name.

A note in the log book uncovered by Rosaleen Darlington, dated April 6 1883, states: "David Lewis, a boy, six years old, has been re-admitted – he does not yet know his letters."

On May 2 1898, David married Elizabeth Evelyn Beatrice Gee at the Salem Baptist Chapel in Burton. He worked as a railway signalman while Elizabeth was the manager of a family bakery in the town. Their first son, Leonard David, was born in 1899 but died the following year.

The 1901 census reveals that David and Elizabeth resided at 52 Mosley Street in Burton and that David was now a brewery labourer. Their second child, a daughter called Beatrice Alice, was six months old.

The couple had two more children, Violet Emily in 1903 and Frederick Henry in 1905. However, both died in 1906. In 1907 Elizabeth gave birth to George Elam followed by Elizabeth Evelyn on July 1 1910. The family moved to 8 Stanley Street in 1911. However, the following year Beatrice Alice died, aged only 11.

Following the outbreak of war, David, who was 5ft 4ins tall with blue eyes, dark brown curly hair and a fresh complexion, enlisted in the army in Burton, joining the 9th Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment. On November 20 1916, he handed Private Taylor a note for his wife, stating that 'he would not be coming back'.

He was killed on patrol the next day en route to a recently captured trench.

Reports reveal that he had not volunteered but was sent as his surname began with 'A'. His body was never recovered for reburial after the Armistice in 1918. David gave his life for his country at the age of 39.

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