Amos, Harry Thomas Ernest. Died 9th Oct 1917

Harry Thomas Ernest Amos was born in the second quarter of 1880 and baptised on June 13 1880 in St Andrews Parish Church, he was the fourth child of George and Mary. George was originally from Elmstead and Mary was born in France a British citizen. In 1881 they lived in 13 Little Pennington Street the rest of the family consisted of Nancy 8, Bertha 5, George W 3 and baby Harry under 11 months, George came to Rugby area to be a groom at the rectory in Birdingbury and married Mary Ann Collier in June quarter 1872 ,

Harry married Clare Kate Coleman in the third quarter of 1902 in Market Harborough. In the 1911 census they were living at 13 Lodge Road with three children Edna 7, Francis 3 and Phyllis 5 months old. Harry was employed at the post office as a letter carrier.

He enlisted at Budbrooke barracks and was placed in the Gloucester regiment service number 32829 he was in the 1st battalion and also the 1st /6th battalions according to the regimental medal rolls and was awarded the Victory and British medals.

Harry Thomas Ernest Amos was killed in action on the 9″‘ October 1917 whilst his battalion was in action in the third battle of Ypres. The battalion’s orders according to the war diary for that date was to capture 3 MEBUS Vacher House and Berks House this was all on the Poelcappelle map. (For more details about this battle see the biography of Private C B Jones, who died the same day.)

He is listed on the Tyne Cot Memorial and CWGC information is “Son of George William Amos, of 25, Old Station Square, Rugby; husband of Clara Kate Amos, of 41, Lodge Rd., Rugby. Postman, 26 years’ service.”

His widow Clara lived in Rugby until her death in 1950.





10th Jul 1915. News from the front – Missing and Killed


News has been received that Pte G W Coleman, of the 5th Battalion Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, son of Mr Walter Coleman, a carpenter in the employ of Messrs Foster & Dicksee, living at New Bilton, is missing. The message came from a friend of Pte Coleman, who writing to his own father, asked that Mr Coleman should be informed that his son did not answer to the roll call when the Company left the trenches on a recent date. This is corroborated by another correspondent, who states that when coming out of the trenches Pte Coleman was killed. The young fellow was one of the many who enlisted from the B.T.H Works and had only been at the front a few weeks.


Writing to the parents, on July 1st, Captain Webb, the officer commanding the Company, states:—“ I very much grieve to say that your son, Pte W G Coleman, is missing since a charge we made on the night of the 22nd. While in the cases of one or two missing men, they have been found wounded in various hospitals which they reached from the battlefield, I think it would not be wise or just to yourself to build on the hope that such is the case of your son. I fear he is killed, and I am more than deeply sorry for you. It is a terrible thing, and the suspense is awful. We made a charge and were driven back. Countless deeds of bravery were done, and all the wounded were brought in and some of the dead. Still, several men are missing, one an officer, and I’m afraid we must give them up for dead. Perhaps, when we again advance we shall be able to clear the matter up, and I will at once let you know if I am spared. The officers and men offer you their deepest and sincerest sympathy, and will do all in their power to put an end to your suspense.”

Mr Coleman has also received a communication from the Infantry Record Office at Warwick, dated July 5th, stating that a report had been received from the War Office to the effect that Pte W G Coleman was posted as “missing ” after the engagement in France on June 22nd.



Mr and Mrs Williams, Newbold, have received a communication from the War Office that their son, John Williams, a private in the 4th Battalion Rifle Brigade, is missing, nothing having been heard of him since the 10th of May. Rifleman Williams joined the army at the commencement of the war, and was drafted to the front about twelve weeks ago. He was 20 years of age, and previous to joining the army was employed at the Newbold Works of the Rugby Portland Cement Company.


THE ROLL OF HONOUR.—Another young man, the third from the village, has given his life for his country. News was received by the parents of Charles Hancox, of the London Road, some days ago that he was dangerously wounded, and was lying in the base hospital in France. This was soon followed by news of his death. He was a good-natured lad, and was much liked by his companions. Great sympathy is felt for his parents in their trouble. A memorial service was held in the Parish Church on Sunday last, at which there was a full congregation. Suitable hymns were sung, and a touching, inspiring address was given by the Vicar.


Pte Ernest Tomlinson, son of Mr and Mrs E Tomlinson, of 20 James Street, Rugby, is lying in Norwich Hospital suffering from a scalp wound, caused at the front by shrapnel. He was employed as a fitter at the B.T.H Works, and enlisted on September 2nd in the King’s Royal Rifles. He was sent to France in May, and within three weeks, whilst trench digging, was rather badly injured by a shrapnel shell. He has lost, for the time being at all events, his speech, and the use of his right hand, so that the news received by his parents has come through other sources, a soldier in an adjoining bed having sent particulars. It is gratifying to learn that Pte Tomlinson is improving, and hopes are entertained that in time his speech will be restored. He is understood to be suffering from shock as well as from wounds. Mr and Mrs Tomlinson have a younger son, William, serving his country at the front, also in the King’s Royal Rifles, but attached to a different battalion. He has been in the fighting line for some weeks now, and his last letter, received on Monday, stated that he was quite well.


News has been received by Mr and Mrs Hayward, of 43 Lodge Road, that their son, Pte George Hayward, of the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, has been wounded and having been in hospital for some time is now at a convalescent home at Hampton-in-Arden. Pte Hayward was for 11 years a member of the 1st Rugby Company the Boys’ Brigade, and when he enlisted in August was employed at Messrs Willans & Robinsons Works. He was shot in the fighting in Flanders, one bullet entering his cheek, injuring his jaw and affecting his eyesight, and another lodging in his hip, after passing through the water-bottle that formed part of his equipment.



The painful task of travelling from the front to break the news of his brother’s death this week befell Gunner George Sutton (Newton), of the Rugby Howitzer Battery. From what we can gather, the Howitzer Battery recently returned to a rest camp, and on Sunday evening it was reported that a man had been shot. Gunner Sutton, proceeded to the spot to see who was the victim, and was horrified to find his younger brother, William, a driver in the Ammunition Column, lying dead. As the result of an enquiry it was established that death was due to accident, and Gunner Sutton was graded several days’ leave of absence to convey the sad tidings to his parents. The circumstances were detailed in a letter from Capt Saunders, of the Ammunition Column, which Gunner Sutton brought home :-“ It is with much regret that I have to inform you that your son, William Sutton, was found shot at about 10 p.m on the 4th of this month. A Court of officers enquired into the circumstances very carefully, and from the evidence decided that death was due to accident, and that there was no question at all of foul play. The funeral was conducted by an Army Chaplain of the Roman Catholic Church, and a cross is being provided with an inscription suitably worded. The N.C.O’s and men of the Ammunition Column are ordering a wreath and the grave will be well cared for. It has been arranged for your other son to proceed home on leave to-day, and I hope this will help to comfort you in your loss. Please accept the sympathy of officers of the Ammunition Column, in which your son was serving.”

Driver Sutton, who was the second son of Mr Wm. Sutton, was 21 years of age, and had been a member of the Battery about two years. Previous to the war he was employed by Mr Scott Howkins, and was very popular, and highly respected by all who knew him.


Sympathy will be felt with Mr and Mrs Pegg, of 1 Addison Road, New Bilton, in the death, on Thursday, from septic fever, at Felixstowe Military Hospital, of their son Harold, the youngest of three who had responded to their country’s call. Deceased was a printer’s apprentice, in the employ of Mr George Over, and about two months ago enlisted in the Bedfordshire Regiment He was only 19 years of age, and expressed a liking for the military life so far as he had become conversant with it. He was very popular with the men in Mr Over’s printing office, and all have signed a letter of sympathy with Mr and Mrs Pegg in their sad bereavement.


Driver C W Packwood, of the Rugby Howitzers, now serving in France, son of Mr C J Packwood, of St Matthew Street, in a recent letter home states that after three months in the firing line the section of which he belongs is now in a rest camp, the change being appreciated, especially the privilege of sleeping once again in a bed. Driver Packwood also says that the Rugby Battery has been very highly complimented on their accurate firing by the officers they have come in contact with, and the word of praise has naturally had a cheering effect upon the men.


L J D Pepperday, son of Mr J H Pepperday, of High Street ; P Morson, son of Mr Arthur Morson, of Newbold Road ; and Neville and Roland Bluemel, sons of Mr C Bluemel, of Moultrie Road, were included in a draft of 150 who volunteered for the front to fill up gaps in the 1st Battalion of the Hon Artillery Company. The draft left for France on Thursday last week.


Trooper E Amos, youngest son of Mr W Amos, farmer, Dunchurch, writing home from Alexandria, says :- We go out for bugle practice every morning at 6, mounted. This gives us a good chance to have a look round. We see the corn crops growing, chiefly maise, all in bloom now (middle of June) and six feet high, any amount of tomato fields, and the plants seem loaded ; then you see the fig trees and the banana trees. We also see a tremendous lot of cotton coming down the Nile in barges, pulled by men instead of horses. We have had a job this last week unloading wounded off the ships from the Dardanelles. There are thousands of them, mostly Australians, but there are a lot of soldiers who were billeted in and around Rugby. There are a lot of fine hospitals here, and that is why they keep bringing so many wounded.


The “ Yorkshire Observer ” records a plucky act recently performed by Lance-Corpl Arthur Gibson, now in training with the Royal Engineers at Salisbury Plain, who was until he enlisted on the staff at Messrs Willans & Robinson’s Works, being employed in the drawing office. It appears that Lance-Corpl Gibson was on a visit to a sister at Morecambe, when he noticed that a boy, who was bathing, was in difficulties. Promptly divesting himself of his tunic, he plunged into the water ; and although the tide was running strongly, he brought the lad safely to shore. He was complimented on his bravery at the time, but quickly disappeared, and it was not until some time later that his identity was established.

It will be remembered that whilst Mr Gibson was at Rugby he assisted the Football Club as a wing three-quarter. He also took part in Association six aside matches played on Willans’ Athletic Ground, being included in the team that represented the Drawing Office, and assisted Messrs Willans & Robinson’s side in their inter-firm football with the B.T.H representatives. Mr Gibson’s old comrades at Rugby will be interested to learn of his plucky rescue, and glad it has not been allowed to escape public attention altogether.



A preliminary drill took place on Wednesday last, Messrs Baker, Highton, Robbins, and the Central Garage Company lending cars, and a number of Boy Scouts attended. Everything worked smoothly, and it is hoped that fires (if any) caused by a raid will be speedily extinguished.

It is desirable to have motor-cars, because those already engaged may not be available at the moment.

The Chief Officer hopes that at least four more cars will be offered for a preliminary drill on Thursday 22nd inst., at 8 p.m. More scouts are also required, and only one drill is necessary.


The following have been accepted at the Drill Hall, Park Road, during the past week :—W J Hirons and H W Appleton, 220th (Rugby) Fortress Company, R.E ; C A Davis, R.W.R ; G J Smith, Cheshire Regiment ; H J Ford, Oxon and Bucks L.I ; T W Ingram, Royal Inniskilling Fusliers ; F Hawkins, Seaforth Highlanders ; W J Holliday, Royal Berks ; R W Cave, Army Veterinary Corps ; D A Leist, A.S.C ; A Townsend, Military Mounted Police ; J P Betts, Royal Engineers.


28th Nov 1914. War Casualties

We understand that two Dunchurch men were on H.M. battleship Bulwark, which has been blown up.

Sergt A Amos, of the 3rd Dragoon Guards, nephew of Mrs C W Bluemel, Northfield House, Rugby, has written to say that he is wounded and in hospital at Rouen.

Pte P Benjamin, 1st South Staffs, of 19 Newland Street, New Bilton, has written informing his aunt, with whom he lived, that he has been wounded in the side, the bullet being extracted from his back. He is at present in Netley Hospital.

Induced in the casualty lists between November 11th and 13th is the name of Captain the Hon Rupert Cecil Craven, of the Royal Scots Fusiliers, who is stated to have been wounded in action. Captain Craven, who was born in 1870, is the only surviving brother of the Earl of Craven, Lord-Lieutenant of Warwickshire.

Trooper F Kitchener, of the 11th Hussars, who formerly worked for Mr J H Lambert, baker, New Bilton, has been reported as missing. Mrs Lambert, however, received a letter from him dated two days after the day mentioned, when he was quite safe, and the inference is that he became detached from his company.

Mr J T Wrighton, of 34 Abbey Street, has received a letter from his son, Sapper William Wrighton, Royal Engineers, stating that he was wounded in the left arm on November 11th, and is at present in a hospital at Cardiff, where he is receiving every attention, and is making good progress. Sapper Wrighton, who is 20 years of age, has been in the army two years, and before enlisting was employed at Messrs Willans & Robinson’s, and was also a former member of “ E ” Company. He was a member of the Rifle Section which a few years ago won the Arthur James Challenge Cup.


The news of the death in action of Pte G Thornycroft, of the 1st Royal Warwicks, which we published last week, caused much regret in Hillmorton, where he was well known, and his wife has been the recipient of many expressions of sympathy, for which she wishes to thank all friends. At Hillmorton Parish Church on Sunday night the Vicar (Rev R Lever) fittingly alluded to the late soldier, and “ On the resurrection morning ” and other suitable hymns were sung.


Mrs H Oldershaw, of 129 Oxford Street, Rugby, and formerly of Bilton, on Wednesday evening received official notification from Capt Forbes, Grenadier Guards, that her husband, Pte Hy Oldershaw, Grenadier Guards, was buried in a large tomb at Rond de la Reine, Villers Coterrets Forest, about September 4th. Pte Oldershaw, whose photo we reproduced last week, was 25 years of age, and leaves a widow and infant child, with whom much sympathy will be felt.


News been received from Mr G T Hilton, of Rugby, who has taken up his duties in France, where he has charge of about 100 men. He speaks of the urgent need for warm clothing, and appeals for supplies of underwear, etc, to be sent out.

At a meeting on Monday night the Co-operative Employees’ Relief Committee decided to organise a whist drive. They also voted a guinea to the Belgian’ Relief Fund. The arrangement whereby refugees may obtain weekly, at the expense of the committee, 10s worth of groceries at the stores is still in force.

Pte Joseph Wm Shaw, of the Mill Farm, Clifton-on-Dunsmore, son of Mr and Mrs Shaw, late of Lilbourne, has been promoted to the rank of corparal, and is now on the permanent staff of the Army Veterinary Corps Hospital at Stockwood Park, Luton.

A signal honour has been paid to the Leicestershire Yeomanry. They are brigaded with the 1st Life Guards, are doing duty as infantry in the trenches, and using the rifle and the bayonet.

Mr J Hammond, the secretary of the B.T.H Athletic Club, has joined the Royal Army Medical Corps.

Two sons of Mr E Bluemel, of Penrhos House, Clifton Road, have recently enlisted in the Honourable Artillery Company.

The Warwickshire Yeomanry, as part of the South Midland Brigade, have left Newbury for the East Coast.


Recruiting has been again fairly satisfactory at Rugby, 21 having enlisted during the past week, bringing the total up to 1,977, or 23 short of two battalions.


A notice has this week been posted at the B.T.H. Works, in which the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty wish to impress upon those employed in the establishment the importance of the Government work upon which they are engaged :-

” Their Lordships desire all engaged in this establishment to know that it is fully recognised that they, in carrying out the great work of providing for the requirements or the Royal Navy, are doing their duty for their King and Country equally with those who have joined H.M Forces for active service afloat or ashore.

“ Their Lordships fully appreciate the efforts which the employees are making, and trust that everything will be done to assist the Naval Authorities by pushing on all orders as rapidly as possible. A great and special effort is necessary.”


The children of the United States have sent a shipload of Christmas gifts for children of sailors and soldiers killed or missing ; also of those still serving.

The local Relief Committee (Benn Buildings, Rugby) will be glad to receive names and addresses of children who wish to participate in the gift.