AMAS, Corporal Charles Lawrence (On Nelson Cenotaph as L.C. Amas)

AMAS, Corporal Charles Lawrence  (On Nelson Cenotaph as L.C. Amas) Regimental Number:   442320 Military Unit:   Canadian Infantry, Central Ontario Regiment, 54th Battalion Date of Death: 30 September, 1918 (Cambrai) Age at Death:   23 Place of Burial: Canada Cemetery (Tilloy-les-Cambrai), Nord, France Medals:   Attestation: 14 May, 1915, Vernon Camp (witness, Lieut. H.C. Green) Previous Military Experience: Date and Place of Birth: 5 February, 1895; Vernon, BC Occupation: Grocer Residence:   Nelson, BC Next of Kin: Harry Amas and Maud Mary (Glover) Amas (Parents), Nelson, BC Religion: Wesleyan Marital Status: Single

Newspaper items; Letters; Other information:

The Daily News, October 25, 1916:

Pte. Charles Lawrence Amas, 442220, is in hospital at Rouen, France, suffering form a gunshot wound in the chest, according to the official announcement received yesterday by his father, Harry Amas of Nelson. Pte. Amas was wounded in action and admitted to hospital Oct. 14. No further word has been received regarding the extent or seriousness of his injury. The wounded soldier enlisted in Nelson during the summer of last year and was attached to a western infantry battalion.

The Daily News, November 7, 1917:

Letter from Lieut. D.A. McQuarrie: “Lawrence Amas is back in A company and is looking better than he ever did.”

The Daily News, September 20, 1918:

In a letter from Pte. Laurence Amas received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. Amas, he states that he has fully recovered from his recent operation and is back with his old battalion. Only three of the original members of his company are left with the battalion in France. Pte. Amas spoke highly of the treatment he received in the hospital in France. The nursing sisters and nurses did their utmost for him. He was the first Nelson boy to reach the particular hospital where he underwent the operation. The nurses were delighted to see him, especially Miss Fletcher and Miss Noble, both of Nelson. He said they were in good health. Pte. Amas said he expected to get Blighty leave soon and would visit in Scotland with some friends he had met.

The Daily News, October 18, 1918:

Mr. and Mrs. H. Amas have received a letter from their son, Corp. C.L. Amas, in which he says he saw Albert Sullivan, who was principal of the Nelson central school for a number of years. He also saw Tommy Madden and several other Nelson boys, all of whom were well. All wished to be remembered to their Nelson friends. Corp. Amas said that the YMCA had just received a shipment of Canadian goods and the boys were especially eager for the canned peaches, biscuits and cream. Incidentally he mentioned that the canned heat came in handy in the trenches for making hot drinks. Corp. Amas was an original 54th battalion man and has been in France over two years. He recently had leave in England and Scotland.

The Daily News, November 21, 1918:

Corp. Charles Lawrence Amas, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Amas, was killed in action on Sept. 30, according to an official report received by his parents yesterday. He was a member of the 54th battalion and it is believed he was killed at the same time as Capt. Donald McQuarrie and Capt. W.G. Foster, although it was not reported until yesterday, and it is thought the delay was caused by the military records office waiting for details as to whether he was killed, wounded or missing. Corp. Amas enlisted in May, 1915, and was wounded in November of 1916. He was born at Vernon, 23 years ago. Besides his father and mother, he is survived by a sister, Beatrice and two brothers, George and Percy. George Amas is agent for the British Columbia Telephone Co. at Rossland and Trail.

Circumstances of Death Registers, First World War. (Library and Archives Canada):

Killed in action. Killed during an advance which started near the Douai-Cambrai railroad. No detailed information available as to the actual circumstances.

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