Amos was born in Wolverhampton on 2 December 1895, the son of Amos and Clara Hamson. I have not been able to find the family in the 1901 census. By 1911, Amos was living with his grandmother, Esther Hannah Merry, at 25 Leicester Street, Wolverhampton. He had become a Messenger working for the Wolverhampton General Post Office. On 12 February 1912, he became a Cleaner for the Wolverhampton Division of the Great Western Railway, but was discharged on 28 May the same year for “neglect of duty”. He appears to have gone back to the postal service, being appointed as Postman at Willenhall in 1902 (using his first middle name, John), and again as a Temporary Postman at Wolverhampton in 1904.
Amos’s name is listed in the Midland Counties Express on 5 September 1914 as one of the men “Willing to Join” the Special Service Companies. His address was given here as 77 Chester Street. However, I have not been able to find any record of his military service.
He certainly survived the war. In 1939, he married Mary Hinton. Amos died at Wolverhampton’s New Cross Hospital on 1 Jun 1957, by which date his address was 58 Norbury Road, Fallings Park, Wolverhampton. The value of his effects was £3162 13s. 5d.