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  • Buried in Karasouli Military Cemetery, Greece. (www.cwgc.org)
Person Details
Claxby by Alford Lincolnshire
Amos was the son of Meeds Wattam Barker and his first wife Eliza Ellen (née Gunby). His father Meeds Wattam was born in Boston, Lincolnshire, on 17 February 1847. He married Ellen Gunby in 1872 (A/M/J Spilsby) and they had three children who were born in Claxby: Amos b. 1873 (J/A/S Spilsby), Eliza Ellen b. 1874 bap. Claxby by Alford St Andrew 19 March 1876 and George birth registered 1876 (J/F/M Spilsby) bap. St Andrew 19 March 1876. George died the same year and was buried in St Andrew's churchyard on 4 July. Eliza Ellen died in 1877 and was buried in the churchyard of St Martin Welston le Marsh, Lincolnshire, on 3 March. Meedon married secondly Deborah Briggs in 1877 (O/N/D Spilsby). Deborah was born in Little Steeping, Lincolnshire, in 1837, the daughter of Hewison and Susanna Briggs, and was baptised in Little Steeping parish church on 17 March. In 1861 Deborah (24) was a school mistress and living in the village of Great Steeping. She was head of household (no other occupants) although her parents also lived in the village. Deborah had a son, William Ancient Briggs, born in London in about 1865 but who was baptised in Great Steeping parish church on 10 August 1867 (mother Deborah Briggs, no father named). By 1871 Deborah was in Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, where she was a domestic servant living in the household of William Tuxworth (71) an agricultural labourer. However, her parents Hewison, a cottager, and Susanna were still living in Great Steeping together with a young granddaughter and their grandson William A Briggs (6). In 1881 Meeds, an agricultural labourer, Deborah, and his children Amos (7) and Ellen (6) were living in Toynton St Peter, Spilsby. By 1891 they had moved to Hobhole Bank, Fen Road, Stickford near Spilsby. Meeds was a farm foreman and Amos was also working on the farm. Also in the household were two other farm servants one of whom was Deborah's son, William Briggs, who was described as a boarder. Meeds and Deborah had moved to Stoke Lane, Stoke Bardolph, Nottinghamshire, by 1901. He was working as an 'ordinary agricultural labourer'. Also in the household was Deborah Briggs (5 b. Stoney Stratford Staffordshire), Deborah's granddaughter. Her parents, William Briggs, who was an agricultural labourer, his wife Lucy (née Clark, m. 1894 reg. Spilsby) and their second daughter Grace (3), also lived on Stoke Lane, Stoke Bardolph. Meeds daughter Eliza Ellen had married Benjamin Freshney in 1893 (reg. Spilsby) and in 1901 they were living in Burgh in the Marsh, Lincolnshire, with their three children Ellen, Charley and Mary. His son Amos, a horsekeeper, was a boarder in the household of William Draper, a farm stockman, and his family in Deeping St Nicholas, Spalding, Lincolnshire. Meeds Wattam died on 25 March 1905 and was buried in the churchyard of All Saints, Great Sturton. Lincolnshire. By 1911 Amos had also moved to Stoke Bardolph where he was working as a farm labourer. He was living at the Ferry Boat Inn in the household of Henry Barnett, a licensed victualler and farmer. Amos' widowed mother, Deborah (76), was a lodger in the household of William (47) and Lucy Briggs and their two daughters Deborah and Grace.
He was a horsekeeper and an agricultural labourer
16 Jul 1917
622856 - CWGC Website
T4/092186
Resident Stoke Bardolph Nottinghamshire. Enlisted Nottingham.
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Army Service Corps
CWGC: 113th HT [Horse Transport] Royal Army Service Corps. Amos' service number with the prefix 'T' denotes his attachment to the Horse Transport section of the ASC. The Army Service Corps was granted the 'Royal' prefix in 1918 in recognition of its major contribution during the war. Amos died at the 28th Casualty Clearing Station, Greece, on 16 July 1917 and was buried in the Karasouli Military Cemetery, Greece (grave ref. D.833). It is unlikely that his death was the result of enemy action. He qualified for the British War Medal and Victory Medal. CWGC - Karasouli Military Cemetery (extract): 'The cemetery was begun in September 1916 for the use of casualty clearing stations on the Doiran front. At the Armistice, it contained about 500 burials but was greatly increased when graves were brought in from the following cemeteries [listed].'
The Gedling War Memorial states that he was in the 112th Company whereas the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website states 113th. Registers of Soldiers' Effects: 'Died'. No legatee named. WW1 Pension Ledgers index cards: named William Briggs of Nottingham, who was described as Amos's brother-in-law. William and Amos were stepbrothers.
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  • Buried in Karasouli Military Cemetery, Greece. (www.cwgc.org)
    Amos Barker - Buried in Karasouli Military Cemetery, Greece. (www.cwgc.org)