Image of Maurice and help to compile the page courtesy of James Preston & P.J.Preston.


Born: 1882, Bocking, Essex.

Died: 30th November 1917; age 35; KiA – Cambrai Battle.

Residence: Ipswich.

Occupation: Drapery Salesman – E. Brands, Tacket Street, Ipswich.

Religion: a Congregationalist.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.


Rank: Bombardier; Service Number: 697219

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery, ‘D’ Battery, 275th Brigade.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 1.

Cambrai Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mr. & Mrs. Martin Amey, of Church Street, Bocking, Braintree, Essex; husband of Marjorie Amey, of The Haven, St. James’s Road, Colchester, Essex.




1891   Church Street, Bocking, Essex.


Maurice was 9 years old and living with his parents, sisters & aunt.MAURICE GEORGE AMEY2

Martin Amey, 48, a Crape Crimper – Silk, born Castle Hedingham, Essex.

Thirza Amey (nee Bouttell), 47, born Nayland, Suffolk.

Kate Elizabeth Amey, 14, a Silk Winder, born Bocking.

Agnes Hilda Amey, 11, born Bocking.

Maria Beardwell, 61, born Wiston, Suffolk.


1901   56 – 58, High Street, Maldon, Essex.

Maurice was 19 years old, he was 1 of 8 Draper’s Assistants for Edgar Harvey a Linen Draper & Shopkeeper.


1911   Suffolk House, 7, Lawrence Lane, Ipswich.

Maurice was 29 years old, a Draper – Messrs. Fish & Son. He was a boarder with ten other drapers.


In November 1917, Ipswich, whilst on leave, Maurice married Olive Marjorie Brooks, born November 1890, Beeston, Nottinghamshire – daughter of George Samuel Brooks, a draper’s assistant, and Mildred Edith Brooks, (nee Monteith), and stepdaughter of Frank Albert Singleton, a chartered accountant, of Handford Lodge, Handford Road, Ipswich.

Olive also worked at E. Brands, Ipswich.


Probate to Olive Marjorie Amey – widow.


Soldiers’ Effects to Olive M. Amey – widow.


Maurice is also remembered on the St. Nicholas Congregational Church war memorial. Once sited at St. Nicholas Street, Ipswich.



The Cambrai offensive had been a major success. However, as the snow made the roads difficult and the tired army halted, the Germans began to plan their counter-offensive. The local commander warned of the enemy build-up and requested artillery assistance to prevent counter, but this was refused. Under cover of mist, the attack began at 7.30 am and with a slowly building bombardment had by 9 am progressed 3 miles, overwhelming the gun lines in the rear. The 275th Brigade went down fighting.

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