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Surname: MOORE

Forename(s): John

Place of Birth: Hawes, Yorkshire

Service No: 50517

Rank: Gunner

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Field Artillery

Battalion / Unit: 'Y' 24th Medium Trench Mortar Battery

Division: 24th Division

Age: 23

Date of Death: 1918-05-22

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: New part, 146.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: HAWES, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

John Moore was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Moore, née Cockett and brother of Private Frederick Cockett (6006) (q.v.). Both parents were born at Hawes, Yorkshire. John and Frederick were cousins of Private Harry Cockett (10916) (q.v.).

1901 Hawes, Yorkshire Census: The Holme - John Moore, aged 6 years, born Hawes, son of Joseph and Elizabeth Moore.

1911 Hawes, Yorkshire Census: Lion House - John Moore, aged 16 years, born Hawes, son of Joseph and Elizabeth Moore.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Gnr John Moore, 50517, R.F.A. Theatre of War: (1) France. Qualifying date [for 1914-15 Star]: 31.8.15. Dead 22.5.18. [John's first rank was: Driver.]

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Gnr John Moore, 50517, R.F.A. Dead 22.5.18.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Gnr John Moore, 50517, Y/24 T.M. Bty. R.F.A. Date and Place of Death: 22.5.18 King Georges Hosp. Ldn. S.E. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - Joseph. £24 13s. 7d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for John. Name(s) on card(s): Dependant: Mr Joseph Moore. Relationship: Father. Address: Lion House, Hawes, Yorkshire.

A short biography of John is included in: ‘Wensleydale Remembered – The Sacrifice made by the Families of a Northern Dale 1914-1918 and 1939-1945’ by Keith Taylor (2004).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

MOORE, Gunner John, [Hawes], aged 19, Trench Mortar Battery, died of wounds May 9, 1918.


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Gunner John MOORE

Gunner John MOORE

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Field Artillery

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Field Artillery

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 24th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 24th Division

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Surname: MOORE

Forename(s): John

Born: Hawes, Yorks


Enlisted: Richmond, Yorks

Number: 50517

Rank: Gunner

Regiment: Royal Horse Artillery & Royal Field Artillery



Died Date: 22/05/18

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: Home


Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: MOORE

Forename(s): J

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 50517

Rank: Gunner

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery

Unit: "Y" 24th T. M. Bty.

Age: 23


Died Date: 22/05/1918

Additional Information: Son of Joseph and Elizabeth Moore, of Hawes. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: HIS NAME LIVETH FOR EVER ALSO HIS BROTHER JOSEPH 6TH JANUARY 1974 AGE 71 AT REST)


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St Margaret's Churchyard, Hawes

St Margaret's Churchyard, Hawes

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St Margaret's Churchyard, Hawes

St Margaret's Churchyard, Hawes

CWGC Headstone - personal inscription

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Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard Logo

31 May 1918


We regret to announce the death of Gunner John Moore, Trench Mortar Battery, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Moore, Hawes, which occurred in a London Hospital on the 22nd inst. from shrapnel wounds in the back and left leg received in action on May 9th. His parents were summoned to visit him, and his mother was with him to the end. Gunner Moore, who was then 19 years of age, was one of the first three Hawes lads to volunteer in August 1914, immediately the first call came. Owing to pressure on the recruiting offices he was sent back, but he joined up two months later and had been for over two years almost incessantly in action. He was once slightly wounded, and had many narrow escapes. His fatal wounds were received in a characteristically daring dash back to fire another volley when he might have escaped the surrounding enemy. He was a true British soldier, always daring, fearless and regardless of self; he was indeed one of those who “Nobly striving, nobly fell, that we might live.” One brother, a member of the First Expeditionary Force, was killed in the first three months of the war, and another brother, who joined in September 1914, has been twice wounded. Much sympathy is felt for Mr. and Mrs. Moore and family in their great sorrow and loss.

The funeral took place at St. Margaret’s Church last Saturday. The body arrived at Hawes by the 1-17 p.m. train, and was met by a large crowd of townspeople and friends from all parts of the district who had assembled to pay their last tribute of respect. The coffin, which was covered with the Union Jack, and overlaid with several beautiful wreaths, was preceded to the Church by the Hawes platoon of Volunteers under the command of Second Lieutenant H. A. Crallen. Whilst the cortege passed up the Church walk, preceded by the Vicar, the Rev. S. D. Crawford and robed choristers, the Dead March was played by the Hawes Brass Band, which added greatly to the impressiveness of the sad occasion. The Church was crowded, and the service fully choral, Psalms xxxixi and the hymn “ Jesu Lover of my Soul’ being sung. At the close of the Committal Service, three volleys were fired over the grave, and the ‘Last Post’ sounded.

08 November 1918


A Memorial Service in memory of Corporal J. T. Moore, Gunner J. Moore, Lance-Corporal C. D. [Milner], Private John Metcalfe, and Corporal W. Mitton, recently fallen in their country’s service, was conducted at Hawes Parish Church, on Sunday afternoon by the Vicar, the Rev. S. D. Crawford. There were special psalms, and the hymns were ‘On the Resurrection morning,’ ‘Peace, perfect peace,’ and ‘Now the labourer’s task is o’er.’ The Vicar based an appropriate address on the words, ‘O death, where is thy sting?’ and after the Benediction the draped Union Jack was held at the chancel steps by Cadet Lance-Corporal H. Wilson, whilst the Dead March was played on the organ by Mrs. Place and the ‘Last Post’ sounded by Mr. J. Blades.

20 May 1921

MOORE – In loving memory of our dear sons, Gunner John Moore, died from wounds received in action, May 22nd, 1918; also Fred, killed in action, October 29th, 1914.

Ever remembered by all at Lion House, Hawes.


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    2 Responses to John MOORE

    1. Mrs Katharine MacKenzie November 9, 2015 at 4:43 pm #

      John Moore was the brother of my grandmother, Hilda Hunt (nee Moore). The information I have, left in an album made by my mother, is that John was under age when he volunteered at the outbreak of WW1. He died of his wounds in London with both his parents present, and was apparently the only local soldier to be brought home to Wensleydale. The family lived in Lion House in Hawes. I have a photograph of John in uniform.

    2. Michael Moore July 11, 2019 at 1:44 pm #

      John Moore was the brother of my grandfather. Joseph Moore also brother to Frederick Cockett. Also cousins with Harry Cockett. All 3 of them died. John is buried in Hawes Fred and Harry are commemorated on the Menin Gate Ypres.

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