West Shed at the Midland Railway Butterley
Credit: Visit Peak District

The Midland Railway at Butterley is to hold a special commemoration in May to mark the centenary of the death of Sapper Alfred Frederick Amos in the First World War, and are trying to locate his relatives.

Before joining the Royal Engineers, Sapper was a Midland Railway Company employee and was based at Butterley Station. He was one of 2833 employees to lose their lives in the First World War.

Although part of a big family of employees to lose their life. He was the only man to be based at Butterley.

He served in the 109th Railway Company and is buried in Nine Elms British Cemetery in Flanders.

During World War One, the railways were essential on the Western Front for the movement of men and equipment.

Known information is that Sapper Amos was 32 at the time of his death and that his mother, Elizabeth Ann Amos, was living at 68 New Buildings, Greenhill Lane, Riddings, Derbyshire. He did have family from Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire.

What did the officials say?

Anne Deeth said, “We would love to be able to include family members in our commemoration of Sapper Amos on the centenary of his death and hope that we will be able to locate them.”

What if I am a relative?

If you believe to be a relative of Sapper Amos, please contact Anne Deeth at the Midland Railway – Butterley via the website or by telephone on 01773 747674.