Moritz, Oscar Frank (1885-1916)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.
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Details: Oscar Frank Moritz (1885-1916), born 21 March 1885 at Edmonton, Middlesex, fifth son of Hermann Rudolph Moritz (of the London Stock Exchange, died April 1906) and Matilda Eliza Moritz (née Kronheim) of West Bank, Broadlands Road, Highgate, London. Brothers: Arnold Moritz (1872-1949) and Julius Hermann Moritz (1874-1918).
Attended Cholmeley's School, Highgate.
Attended Sherborne School (The Green) January 1898-April 1903; 6th form; Head of House; Sergeant in the School Cadet Corps.
Barrister-at-Law (Middle Temple): admitted 22 March 1906, called to the Bar 8 June 1910.
Tenant sheep farmer at Elibank Farm, Walkerburn, Selkirkshire.
WW1, 4 September 1914, enlisted at Walkerburn in the 32nd Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) as a stretcher bearer and rapidly rose to be a Staff Sergeant. On 30 April 1915 commissioned to the Border Regiment; 3 January 1916 transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (99th); served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from April 1916 and saw much fighting on Vimy Ridge. He was reported wounded and missing on 27 July 1916 after heavy fighting at at Delville Wood while trying to bring up reinforcements for his gun, having previously received a wound in the thigh. During the battle every officer in his section of the Machine Gun Corps was either killed or wounded. Moritz's body was found some weeks later by another former pupil from Sherborne School, James Merriman Greathead (1884-1965), who buried him, although his burial place was since lost.
Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 5 C and 12 C www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1545747/MORITZ,%20OSC...
Walkerburn War Memorial www.sbwm.co.uk/walkerburn.html
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; The Green roll of honour.
Images of the First World War service record of Oscar Frank Moritz from WO 339/39598 at The National Archives are available at www.flickr.com/photos/11226331@N05/sets/72157642610268404/#
Obituary, The Shirburnian, June 1918: 'OSCAR FRANK MORITZ (Wilson's House) joined the R.A.M.C. at the outbreak of war as a stretcher bearer. He rapidly rose to be a Staff Sergeant, and about a year after the war broke out he was requested to take, and did take, a commission in the Border Regiment, from which he was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps. He was a Lieutenant in that Corps and served in France in various engagements, until he was killed in the Delville Wood on the 27th of June 1916.'