Private William George Moore

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

William George Moore – Image from Official Birth Registration Indexes ©

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

William Moore 1901 Census ©

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

On 7th 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 24th June 1912.

William Moore 1911 Census ©

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 Moore Medal Roll Index Card ©
William George Moore British War Medal and Victory Medal Award Roll ©

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

William George Moore Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery Roll of Honour ©

He is buried at the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery in Belgium.

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

William Moore Soldiers Effects ©

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

Moore Family History

William’s father James was born in the 4th quarter of 1857 in Ockley, Surrey to labourer William, born about 1827 in Abinger, Surrey and Mary, born about 1831 in Warnham, Sussex. His mother Alice was born in the 1st quarter of 1855 in Ockley to labourer James and nurse Caroline, born about 1830 in Ockley. Alice was baptised on 1st April 1855 in Ockley. James and Alice married on 25th 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 had a half-sister called Kate Rapley. She was born about 1879 in Holmwood, Surrey to Alice.

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