Moore, Robert (1895-1917)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.
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Details: Robert Moore (1895-1917), born 3 December 1895 at Enfield, Middlesex, younger son of Charles William Moore (solicitor) and Isabella Moore of 38m Cromwell Road, Hove, Sussex, formerly of Oakwood, Beckenham, Kent.
Educated by a private tutor.
Attended Sherborne School (School House) September 1907-April 1913; 1st XV rugby football team 1912.
WW1, 2nd Lieutenant in the Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own), 10th Bn. On offering for military service at the outbreak of the war he was repeatedly rejected on account of defective eyesight, but finally was accepted by Public School Corps. He was made a Sergeant, and with the corps, forming a battalion of the Royal Fusiliers, went to the front at the end of 1915. Returning to England in the spring of 1916, he had further training in a Cadet Corps at Oxford and received his commission in July 1916, being gazetted to the Royal Sussex Regiment and for a brief period attached to the Middlesex Regiment. Going to the front in October 1916 he was transferred to the Rifle Brigade. Died on 15 August 1917 at No.61 Casualty Clearing Station A.F. from wounds received the previous day (14 August 1917) at the forcing of the Steenbeek during the Battle of Langemarck, Third Battle of Ypres, Passchendaele.
Dozinghem Military Cemetery, III. F. 3 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/153419/MOORE,%20ROBERT
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance.
Obituary, The Shirburnian, November 1917: '2ND. LIEUT. ROBERT MOORE, Rifle Brigade, who was mortally wounded on August 14th and died the following day, was the younger son of Mr and Mrs C.W. Moore, of Cromwell Road, Hove, and was 21 years of age. He was educated at Sherborne, where he was a member of the School XV (1911-12), and also of the O.T.C. On offering for military service at the outbreak of the war he was repeatedly rejected on account of defective eyesight, but finally was accepted by the Public School Corps. He quickly rose to be sergeant, and, with the corps, forming a battalion of the Royal Fusiliers, went to the front in the winter of 1915. Returning to England in the following spring, he had further training in a Cadet Corps and received his commission in July 1916, being gazetted to the Royal Sussex Regiment and for a brief period attached to the Middlesex Regiment. Going to the front in the following October he was transferred to the Rifle Brigade, in which regiment he had since served. His commanding officer writes, ''He was killed gallantly leading his company, of which he was in charge, in a big attack, and all speak of his splendid courage and leadership. He had himself killed four Germans before being shot down by machine-gun and rifle fire. He was wounded earlier in the day before the attack, but refused to leave his men, and finally went over at the head of them all. It was a gallant death, and will not be forgotten by the battalion, I know. He was such a splendid officer, and we all miss him.'