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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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 7.30am 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.