Amos SHAW

  • 1911 Occupation               Farm Hand (born Sutton)
  • Domicile                             Martins Arms (Boarder)
  • Age in 1911                        15
  • Unit                                     17th Battalion (Welbeck Rangers) Sherwood Foresters
  • Service Number                32217 Enlisted in Nottingham
  • Rank                                   Pte
  • Date of Death                    3rd September 1916, Killed in Action
  • Age at Death                     19
  • Battle SitRep                    Somme; Battle of Guilemont
  • Commemorated               Pier & Face 10C, 10D and 11A Thiepval Memorial

Amos Shaw’s birth was registered in the third quarter of 1895 in the Registration District of Bingham.

In 1901, Amos aged 5 and born in Sutton was living in Granby, Nottinghamshire with his family.
They were, father Charles aged 34 worked as agricultural labourer, born in Belton, Leicestershire, mother Emma aged 35 born in Granby, Nottinghamshire, brothers Charles H aged 10, Sidney aged 1 and sister Clara aged 3 years old.

In 1911, Amos aged 15 was working as a Farm hand and living in Colston Bassett, Nottinghamshire listed as born in Sutton, Nottinghamshire. He was working for Elizabeth Frances Green a 47 year old widow and a Publican & Farmer.
His father had died before 1911 and the rest of his family were living in Berlin Terrace, Nottingham.

Before 1915, Amos was in the British Army. On his war details he was a soldier in the 17th battalion Sherwood Foresters.
Sherwood Foresters

On his medal rolls card it shows that he entered the theatre of war on the 31st December 1915. Also he received the 1915 Star. However, the 17th battalion didn’t embark for France until the 6th March 1916 so was he in another battalion?

The 17th (Welbeck Rangers) Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) was raised in Nottingham on the 1st of June 1915. It had initial training near home and they joined the 117th Brigade, 39th Division at Aldershot in October.
The battalion moved to Witley for final training in November 1915 and embarked for France on the 6th March 1916, landing at Le Havre.
On the 30th June 1916 they were in action in an attack near Richebourg l’Avoue. The 17th was in action during the Battles of the Somme, including, the fighting on the Ancre, The Battle of Thiepval Ridge, The Battle of the Ancre heights and the capture of Schwaben Reddoubt and Stuff Trench as well as The Battle of the Ancre
3rd September where Amos Shaw was killed in action.

He is Commemorated on the Pier & Face 10C, 10D and 11A Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

On 1 July 1916, supported by a French attack to the south, thirteen divisions of Commonwealth forces launched an offensive on a line from north of Gommecourt to Maricourt. Despite a preliminary bombardment lasting seven days, the German defences were barely touched and the attack met unexpectedly fierce resistance. Losses were catastrophic and with only minimal advances on the southern flank, the initial attack was a failure. In the following weeks, huge resources of manpower and equipment were deployed in an attempt to exploit the modest successes of the first day. However, the German Army resisted tenaciously and repeated attacks and counter attacks meant a major battle for every village, copse and farmhouse gained. At the end of September, Thiepval was finally captured. The village had been an original objective of 1 July. Attacks north and east continued throughout October and into November in increasingly difficult weather conditions. The Battle of the Somme finally ended on 18 November with the onset of winter.

The Thiepval Memorial, the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave. Over 90% of those commemorated died between July and November 1916. The memorial also serves as an Anglo-French Battle Memorial in recognition of the joint nature of the 1916 offensive and a small cemetery containing equal numbers of Commonwealth and French graves lies at the foot of the memorial.
Amos Shaw Medal Rolls