STRATTON DORSET
   
             
STRATTON WAR MEMORIAL
             
           
    PRIVATE.  H. G. AMOR.  1ST BATT.  DORSET REGT.    
             
 
Henry George Amor was born in West Stafford, Dorset. His parents were William & Eliza Amor (nee Legg). His birth was registered at Dorchester.

The family appear in the 1891 census at West Stafford.
 
             
 
NAME RELATIONSHIP STATUS AGE OCCUPATION PLACE OF BIRTH
William AMOR Head Mar 32 Shepherd Whitcombe
Eliza AMOR Wife Mar 27   Woolland
Elizabeth F. AMOR Daur   4 Scholar Frampton
Henry G. AMOR Son   2   W. Stafford
Louis AMOR Son   1m   W. Stafford
Elizabeth LEGG Mother-in-law Mar 58   Shipton Gorge
 
             
  In the 1901 West Stafford census the Amor family is shown living at Shepherds Cottage.    
             
 
NAME RELATIONSHIP STATUS AGE OCCUPATION PLACE OF BIRTH
William AMOR Head Mar 41 Farm Shepherd Dorset, Whitcombe
Eliza AMOR Wife Mar 38 Dorset, Woolland
Francis. AMOR Daur Single 14 Dorset, Frampton
George AMOR Son Single 12 Under Shepherd Dorset, West Stafford
Louis AMOR Son Single 10 Scholar Dorset, West Stafford
Alice AMOR Daur Single 8 Scholar Dorset, West Stafford
Blanche AMOR Daur Single 3   Dorset, West Stafford
William AMOR Son Single 1 Dorset, West Stafford
 
             
 

On 3rd April 1912 Henry George Amor married Annie Raison in West Chelborough, Dorset.

Henry George Amor enlisted on 23rd January 1915 at Dorchester were he gave his age as 26 years, his occupation as ‘Shepherd’, and said that he was living in Grimstone. He was married and had two children; a son, Henry Jack who was born on 17th January 1913 and a daughter, Kathleen Hilda who was born on 20th July 1914. Both children were born in Grimstone. Henry was 5’ 5” tall, weighed 112lbs and had a 35” chest. He had three vaccination marks on his left arm. He had no previous military service.

On 24th January 1915 Private 12873 Henry George Amor was posted to the Dorset Regiment depot in Dorchester where he remained until he joined the 3rd Battalion of the Dorsets at Wyke Regis on 6th February 1915.

On 11th March 1915 Kathleen Hilda Amor died, aged 7 months at Sydling St Nicholas. Her mother registered the death in Dorchester on 12th March 1915. The Death Certificate gave the cause of death as bronchitis.

On 27th May 1915 Henry George Amor was posted overseas to 1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment who at the time were serving in France. He joined the battalion in the field on 16th July 1915.

Nearly twelve months later on 1st July 1916 Henry received a gunshot wound to the right arm, finger and leg. He was transferred to and arrived in Rouen on 3rd July 1916. From there he was moved to hospital in Liverpool. He arrived there on 7th July 1916 and remained as a patient until 31st July 1916 during which time he was treated for the shrapnel wound to his right thigh.

By 12th August 1916 Henry had returned to the Dorsets Wyke Regis Depot and on 14th September 1916 was admitted to the Military Hospital in Weymouth for treatment to his right hand. Shrapnel was removed from between his first and second fingers of his right hand.

The conduct page of Henry’s Service Record shows that on 15th November 1916 at Wyke Regis he overstayed his pass by 10½ hours and was admonished and forfeited one days pay.

A few days later on 26th November 1916 having been absent without leave for a 24 hour period he forfeited two days pay and received five days in ‘Cellular Confinement’.

On 1st December 1916 Henry was posted to 1st Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment passing through Southampton on 3rd December 1916 en route to France via Le Harve and Rouen.

He remained in France during 1917 and returned to Dorset for a period of leave between 11th & 25th January 1918.

Back in France, on 1st June 1918 Henry was wounded in action in the field. A severe gunshot wound to his arm and right side were recorded. There are no details of his treatment.

The Battle of St Quentin Canal took place between 29th September and 2nd October 1918.

1st Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment were part of the 32nd Division that moved through after the initial attack.
On 30th September 1918 Private Henry George Amor was killed in action after 3 years 251 days of service.

His burial place on the battlefield was marked by a simple wooden cross bearing his name, rank & number. That cross is now held in The Keep Military Museum, Dorchester.

 
     
   
     H.G.Amor - Wooden Cross - Devon & Dorset Museum    
     
  Henry George Amor’s body was later transferred to grave VI. C. 12. of Grand-Seraucourt British Cemetery.  
     
   
  Grand-Seraucourt British Cemetery – Commonwealth War Graves Commission  
             
 

Seraucourt-le-Grand is a village about 8 kilometres south west of St Quentin, France on the east side of the River Somme.

II Corps passed through this neighbourhood on the Retreat from Mons in August 1914 and it was lost in the early days of the Fifth Army retreat in March, 1918. The Cemetery was made in 1920-26 by the concentration of graves from the battlefields and from other burial grounds. There are now over 2,000, 1914-18 and a small number of 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, almost two-thirds from the 1914-18 War are unidentified.

Henry George AMOR’s medal entitlement is the 1914/15 star, War and Victory Medals.

He is remembered on the War Memorial in Sydling St. Nicholas Church and on Maiden Newton War Memorial.

 
             
   
    War Memorial in St Nicholas Church, Sydling St Nicholas    
     
   
    Maiden Newton War Memorial    
             
  In 1919 Annie Amor made arrangements for payment of her 19/6d per week Army Allowance to be transferred from Evershot Post Office to the Sydling St Nicholas Post Office.  
             
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