Roll of Honour

Robert William Alfred Moore

Robert William Alfred Moore was born in Crowthorne, Berkshire on 28th November 1907, the son Richmond and Elizabeth Moore.

Richmond Moore moved to Felsted in 1938 after the death of his wife. He lived at Bridge House, Hollow Road, Felsted. After the end of the war he moved to Reading in Berkshire to live with his daughter's family.

On 20th October 1939 the Essex Chronicle reported:
"The marriage took place on Tuesday at Chelsea Old Church, of Capt. Robert W.A. Moore, younger son of Mr. Richmond Moore, of Bridge House, Felsted, and the late Mrs Moore, with the Hon. Ruth Cokayne, youngest daughter of the late Lord Cullen of Ashbourne and of Lady Cullen Ashbourne, of White Plat, Coleman's Hatch."

Robert was a Captain 38407, 57 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. His unit were sent with the BEF to France, where he served gallantly, being mentioned in despatches.

The war diary for the regiment records that on 3rd April 1940 the regiment arrived in Cherbourg with the BEF.

After several moves the battalion was billeted in Merville, France on 23rd April, and in support of 131 Inf Brigade on the right of the divisional front (on the Belgian frontier) in the sector about ARMENTIERES.

The regiment started to see action against the enemy on 19th May 1940 at Jammelshoek.

On 18th may the regiment was under severe attack, and the war diary records “The remainder of R.H.Q was sent back under the Adjutant (Capt. R.W.A. Moore).”

The majority of the regiment reached Dunkirk on 29th May after being involved in severe action. The war diary for 29th May records “The majority of the Regiment reached DUNKIRK and by 0100hrs on 30.5.40 had sailed for ENGLAND. The bombing on the beach at DUNKIRK was practically continuous on the afternoon of 29.5.40 and only three of four British planes were seen during the whole period. The Adjutant (Capt R.W.A Moore) was killed”

Captain Robert Moore is buried at Dover (St. James) Cemetery, Kent.

On 7th June 1940 the Essex Chronicle reported:
Capt. R.W.A. Moore, Royal Artillery, who has been killed in action, was the younger son of Mr. Richmond Moore of Felsted. He was married in August last to Hon. Ruth Cokayne, youngest daughter of the late Lord Cullen of Ashbourne and of Lady Cullen of White Plat, Colman's (sic) Hatch, Sussex.

Ruth and Elizabeth Moore August 1943 On 27th November 1940 a daughter, Elizabeth Virginia Moore was born.  Ruth Moore, joined the Air Transport Auxiliary, and served as a Ferry Pilot between 1941 and 1943 flying military aircraft from factories to airfields. Ruth and Elizabeth appeared in the August 1943 edition of Flying magazine. (The full article can be seen via Google books)

Ruth re-married in 1949 to the Rev. David H. A. Williams.

As Richmond Moore left Felsted before the list of names for the War Memorial was compiled Capt Moore is not remembered on the village memorials.