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Private William H. Moore

 

Moore 1

 

William Moore was born at Balteagh, Co. Londonderry.

He enlisted in the North Irish Horse at Limavady in April or May 1910 (No.511).

On 20 August 1914 he embarked for France with C Squadron of the North Irish Horse, seeing action in the retreat from Mons and the Advance to the Aisne.

On or soon after 15 September, Moore and two other men of C Squadron, Sergeant George Hicks and Private Harry Scott, were on patrol near the Aisne River, the far side of which was held by the Germans. According to fellow Horseman Corporal Fred Lindsay:

... they were sent on patrol as far as a ford in the river which, unknown to us, was held by a German force with a machine gun. When the three reached the ford they found a British officer dead across his motor-car and some of his men dead around the car. They were about to dismount to investigate when the machine-gun fired upon them, instantly killing the two troopers. Sergeant Hicks escaped on Moore's horse, his own being shot under him.

Moore and Scott were listed as missing, presumed dead. They were the regiment’s second and third fatalities of the war.

Their bodies were never recovered, and they are now commemorated on the La Ferté-sous-Jouarre Memorial, Seine-et-Marne, France.

 

Scott 2

 

Moore 3

                          Irish Times, 8 November 1914

 

Images kindly provided by Steve Rogers, Project Co-ordinator of the The War Graves Photographic Project, www.twgpp.org.