Private Arthur John Moore

Service Army Service No. 20785
Rank Private
Regiment:Coldstream Guards, 2nd Battalion
Date of Birth: 1886
Born Dawlish
Date of Death: 27/08/1918
Memorial: Dawlish Memorial Inscription MOORE A.J. PTE. COLD: GDS.

Service History

It seems that he was a late entrant into the War and did not enter France until December 27, 1917, and was killed “in an attack on 27 August, 1918.”

The 2nd Battalion was engaged heavily in 1918, at The Battle of St Quentin, The Battle of Bapaume, The First Battle of Arras 1918, The Battle of Albert, The Second Battle of Bapaume and later battles.

The Second Battle of Bapaume was launched on 21 August and is described in an account attached to a memorial in Easenhall, Warwickshire where L/Cpl George Plant of the 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards also died on 27 August, 1918.

Arthur J Moore was noted as ‘killed in action’ and subsequently awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Association with Dawlish

Arthur John Moore was the grandson of Jacob and Eliza Moore of Dawlish. Jacob (1811- ) was a Bootmaker and was born in Dawlish, as was his wife Eliza (1814- ). In 1861 they were living at 2 Norfolk Place, Dawlish where he is described as a Master Shoe Maker and four of their children, all born in Dawlish, are listed:

John, son, 22, Master Marble Mason

David, “ 14, Journeyman shoe maker

William “ 8, Scholar

Charles, “ 4,

By 1871 they had moved to 18 Brunswick Place and William had become a stone mason, and Charles was a painter. David was away from home and later that year appears to have married Mary Ann Clarke (t.b.c.) who was born in London.

David and Mary Ann Moore had moved into 18 Brunswick Place by 1881 and were there in 1891 with their children, all born in Dawlish:

William son 16 (1875- ) carpenter

Charles “ 14 (1877- ) scholar

Henry “ 8 (1883- ) “

Arthur “ 4 (1886-1918) “

Ethel dau 3

Arthur John Moore is recorded as being born in April-June 1886 (GRO ref Newton Abbot, vol 5b, p 116).

David was in business as a Boot Dealer. He died in 1915 aged 67 .

By 1901 the three older boys had moved away from home, and Arthur is described as a Solicitor’s Clerk and Ethel is shown as Hetty. The last accessible census of 1911 shows David, Mary Ann Moore and Ethel Elizabeth Moore (23 and single) still at 18 Brunswick Place. Arthur (24) was a Law Clerk and living with his cousin at 7 West Cliff.

Devon Roll of Honour Moore, Arthur J, Pte, Coldstream Guards
Additional Information Commonwealth War Graves Site

Next of Kin: Mother, Mary Ann Moore
Last Known Address: 7 West Cliff, Dawlish

Coldstream Guards cap badge 1914-18

Soldiers' Effects Arthur John Moore entry

Free Birth, Marriage & Death refs

Dawlish Gazette (see Documents)

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Census data

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Uk, Soldiers died in the Great War

UK, Army Register of Soldiers’ Effects

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls

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