Thursday, 6 June 2013

Rifleman Anthony Moore 12th Batt Royal Irish Rifles - Killed in Action 6th June 1918

NAME; Moore, Anthony
RANK; Rifleman
SERV. NO; 414
UNIT/SERVICE; 12th Battalion
REGIMENT; Royal Irish Rifles
BORN; Carrickfergus 1885
LIVED; Taylors Row, Carrickfergus
FATE; Killed in Action, France, June 6th 1918 aged 23
CEMETERY; Ham British Cemetery, Muille-Villette (France) - II E. 24
CHURCH; Methodist
REMARKS; Anthony Moore was born in Taylor’s Row, Carrickfergus in 1897 – He was the son of Robert Moore a local butcher in the town and Margaret Moore and brother of William, Agnes, Mary, Robert and Thomas.  Prior to the war he worked as a mill hand at Barn Mills flax mill and a labourer at Sullatober bleach works.  He was also a popular and active member of the Sullatober Flute Band.  Anthony enlisted with the 12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 1915, he was Injured on the 2nd July 1916 during the Somme offensive suffering from shock he was sent to hospital for a period of time.  After a period of recovery he returned to the front were he served gallantly, he was killed in action on June 6th 1918 aged 23.  There is some doubt Anthony’s age; on his death he is reported as 23 however according to the census he was only 20 or 21.  It would appear like many young men at the time he had lied about his age and therefore enlisted when he was only 17. 
Ham British Cemetery

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