Private William George Moore

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

William George Moore Birth Registration Transcription © findmypast.co.uk

William George Moore was born on the 24th of June 1898 in Holmwood, Surrey to labourer James Moore and Alice Moore nee Rapley. He was baptised on the 21st of August 1898 in Holmwood.

William George Moore 1901 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family lived at 4 Boarded Cottages, Dorking Rural. James was working as a general labourer and Alice was at home looking after their children: Minnie, Edith, Rose, Alice Eveline and William. The household further comprised of Alice’s daughter, housemaid, Kate Rapley.

William George Moore 1904 South Holmwood School Admission Register © Surrey History Centre findmypast.co.uk

On the 7th of March 1904 William was admitted into South Holmwood Church of England School. At the time of his admission the family lived at Redlands Bank Cottages. He left the school on the 24th of June 1912.

William George Moore 1911 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1911 Census, the family lived at Redlands Bank Cottages, South Holmwood. James was working as a wood cutter and Alice was looking after their children: Alice, William George and Arthur. Alice stated that during her present marriage she had given birth to eight children of whom seven were still alive. The accommodation had four rooms.

William Moore enlisted in Dorking into the Essex Regiment. He was a Private with regimental number 23525. At the time of his enlistment he resided in Holmwood. Later he was transferred into the 1st Battalion the South Staffordshire Regiment. He remained a Private and his new regimental number was: 40743.

William George Moore Medal Roll Index Card © ancestry.co.uk
William George Moore British War Medal and Victory Medal Award Roll © ancestry.co.uk

William George Moore died of wounds on the 3rd of October 1917 in Belgium.

He is buried at the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery in Belgium.

William George Moore Personal Headstone Inscription Report © CWGC.org

The headstone bears the inscription: ‘In God’s Keeping’.

William George Moore Soldiers Effects © ancestry.co.uk

William George’s mother Alice Moore received £2, 8s and 8 d on the 14th of December 1917 and a further £3 on the 19th of November 1919 in Soldier’s Effects.

Moore Family History

William’s father James Moore was born in the 4th quarter of 1857 in Ockley, Surrey to labourer William Moore, born about 1827 in Abinger, Surrey and Mary Moore, born about 1831 in Warnham, Sussex.

William George’s mother Alice Rapley was born in the 1st quarter of 1855 in Ockley, Surrey to labourer James Moore and nurse Caroline Moore, born about 1830 in Ockley, Surrey. Alice Rapley was baptised on the 1st of April 1855 in Ockley. Alice’s daughter Kate Rapley was born about 1879 in Holmwood, Surrey.

James Moore and Alice Rapley married, by Banns, on the 25th of December 1885 at St Mary’s church in Holmwood. At the time of their marriage the couple lived in Holmwood and James was working as a labourer.

William George Moore had a half-sister called Kate Rapley. She was born about 1879 in Holmwood, Surrey.

William George had seven siblings of whom six are known: Minnie Moore born about 1887; Lily Moore born about 1887; Edith E. Moore born about 1889; Rose Moore born about 1891 Alice Eveline Moore born about 1896, all in Holmwood, Surrey and Arthur George Moore born about 1911.

At the time of the 1891 Census, the family lived at Boarded Cottages, South Holmwood, Surrey. James was working as an agricultural labourer and Alice was looking after their children: Minnie, Lily, Edith and Rose. The household further comprised of Alice’s daughter Kate Rapley.

Born                           Holmwood, Surrey
Lived                          Holmwood, Surrey

Son of                        James and Alice (nee Rapley) Moore of Holmwood

Regiment                    1st Battalion. South Staffordshire Regiment
Number                       40743

Former Regiment        Essex Regiment. 23525

Date of Death              3rd October 1917
Place of Death             Belgium
Cause of Death           Died of wounds

Age                              19

Cemetery                    Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium