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Capt Arthur de Bells Adam (MC)
1885 - 1916


CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916


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1894 - 1916


Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916


Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
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Pte William York Amer

  • Age: 23
  • From: Ellesmere Port
  • Regiment: 1st Kings
  • Commemorated at: Cabaret Rouge Bc
    Panel Ref: VIII.R.31
Born 25 April 1895 as William York Amer in Ellesmere Port to Birkenhead born Steel worker William Amer and Ellesmere Port born wife Margaret Ann (nee Salter) who were married in the September quarter of 1894. William was the the first born child and eldest of the two sons and two girls.

The 1901 Census shows the family at 36 Queen Street, Whitby, Ellesmere Port  living next door to Margaret' parents and siblings at number 38

The 1911 Census shows that the family have moved to 57 Whitby Road, Ellesmere Port and shows 16 year old William as a Joiners Apprentice living with his parents and siblings.

1914 William enlists in Liverpool as Private 22910 into the 20th Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment Pals Regt. He is then transferred to the 11th Battalion (KLR) and subsequently into  the 1st Battalion (KLR)

On 13th October 1917 his younger brother Samuel Amer aged 19, serving as Private 38718 of 8th Battalion East Lancs Regiment died of wounds. He now rests at St Sever Cemetery Extension in Rouen where hisheadstone bears the inscription:

"A SILENT THOUGHT A SECRET TEAR KEEP HIS MEMORY EVER DEAR"

Less than 5 months later William was in action again on 29th April 1918 The Battle of Scherpenberg.

"Just after 3 a.m. a bombardment of exceptional intensity and violence was opened by the enemy and two hours later a series of strong attacks were launched against the French and British positions West of Dranoutre to Voormezeele"

William was killed during this action, aged 23,  serving with the 1st King's Battalion.

He now rests at Cabaret Rouge Cemetery, Souchez, Calais where his headstone bears the epitaph:

"HIS MEMORY IS AS FRESH TODAY AS IN THE HOUR HE PASSED AWAY"

His Army pay of £15: 15s 9d was sent to his mother Margaret on 07/10/1918 just 6 months after the family had suffered the grievous loss of their other son Samuel. On 23/09/1919 a War Gratuity of £16 was also sent to his mother, her husband had only received a War Gratuity of £3 for  Son Samuel 2 weeks previously.

Killed On This Day.

(104 Years this day)
Tuesday 28th November 1916.
Captain Richard Francis Wolstenholme
22 years old

(103 Years this day)
Wednesday 28th November 1917.
Pte 26007 John Shone
23 years old