Family reunited at 1st World War Commemoration at the Midland Railway Butterley

Midland Railway - Butterley host memorial for Sapper Amos
Credit: Midland Railway - Butterley

Distant cousins have met for the first time at Butterley Station on the 12th May 2018 when the Midland Railway Butterley held a special ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Sapper Alfred Amos.

Fifteen members of the Amos travelled from Devon, Somerset, Buckinghamshire and Nottinghamshire to attend the ceremony

In a short ceremony, Maureen and Simon, who were representing the two branches of the family, unveiled a small memorial to Sapper Amos in the booking hall.

The family was then joined on the platform by other visitors and staff for a two-minute silence marked by locomotive whistles.

The locomotive then carried a wreath of poppies throughout the day.

What did the officials say?

Event organiser Anne Deeth said:

“Our trains continue to run on the tracks that Alfred Amos once worked on and so it is fitting that our commemoration of the First World War should focus on him. In honouring him we recognise the enormous sacrifice made by so many.”

Michael Holden avatar
I have had an interest in Railways for as long as I can remember. I am a member of a number of heritage railways and actively volunteer at 2 of them. I enjoy all types of railways, real life, model and simulations. I started RailAdvent in 2014 and am the main editor of the site.

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