Image of Maurice, & help to compile his page, courtesy of James Preston & P.J.Preston.
Born: 1882, Braintree, Essex.
Died: 30th November 1917; age 35; KiA – Cambrai Battle.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich. Occupation: Drapery Salesman – E. Brands, Tacket Street, Ipswich.
Rank: Bombardier; Service Number: 697219
Regiment: Royal Field Artillery, ‘D’ Battery, 275th Brigade.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mr & Mrs Martin Amey, of 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.
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 Drapers Assistant’s for Edgar Harvey a Linen Draper & Shopkeeper.
In November 1917, Ipswich, whilst on leave, Maurice married Olive Marjorie Brooks, born 1890, Beeston, Nottinghamshire. Olive also worked at E. Brands.
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 7.30am and with a slowly building bombardment had by 9am progressed 3 miles, overwhelming the gun lines in the rear. The 275th Brigade went down fighting.