World War I
Ramsden Bellhouse
William James Amos

William was born in Ramsden Crays, in 1891
When war was declared he enlisted at Warley into the Essex Regt No.3866, and later transferred to the 8th Bedforshire Regt No.40076, he died of wounds on the Western Front 12th September 1917, he was 26 years old. Research shows that the Befordshires were part of 1st Corps, First Army, and the last major action they were in was the Battle of Hill 70 - 15th - 25th August 1917, and it may have been this in which Wlliam received his wounds
He was the son of John and Elizabeth Amos, of Ramsden Heath; husband of Eliza Eleanor Amos, of Hunt's Farm, Ramsden Heath, Billericay, Essex. Searches on the 1901 census show they were all local people, and William had five borthers and three sisters, the eldest being Mabel at sixteen and Emily who was one. He was buried buried in Bethune Town Cemetery, for much of the First World War, Bethune was comparatively free from bombardment and remained an important railway and hospital centre, as well as a corps and divisional headquarters. The 33rd Casualty Clearing Station was in the town until December 1917
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