Amos PERKINS
Rank: Gunner
Number: 156061
Unit: 244th Siege Battery ROYAL GARRISON ARTILLERY
Date of Death: 13 September 1917
Age: 28
Cemetery: Artillery Wood Cemetery, Boesinge , Belgium

Other than his commemoration on the Stockport War Memorial and the fact he enlisted in the town, Amos’ connection with the area is unknown. He was born in Oughytbridge, near Sheffield and all of his family connections appear to be with that area. His parents, William and Hannah lived in nearby Stocksbridge and had done for many years. Amos was married to Hannah and her address, given after the War, was Holly Bush, Bolsterstone, Sheffield.

The Siege Batteries of the Royal Garrison Artillery fired the heaviest weapons in the arsenal of the British army and they were used to batter enemy defences from long-range. Few records now remain of their day-to-day activities and it cannot now be established exactly how Amos was killed in action on 13 September. The Third Battle of Ypres had been underway since 31 July and the British had made slow progress advancing up the ridge that led to the village of Passchendaele. Artillery Wood, where Amos is buried, was captured on the first day and, as the advance moved forward, the heavy guns were moved forward to this position. Most artillerymen were killed by enemy shelling which had targeted their gun emplacements.

   
           
   
     
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