Frank Gregory MOORE

MOORE, Frank Gregory

Service Number: 13681
Enlisted: 2 September 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 8th Field Ambulance
Born: Wednesbury, Staffordshire, England, June 1890
Home Town: Virginia, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Spring Head School, Wednesbury, Staffordshire, England
Occupation: Tailor's cutter
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 27 October 1917
Cemetery: Menin Road South Military Cemetery
Special Memorial No. 5,
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Banyo Roll of Honour, Banyo War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

2 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 13681, Army Medical Corps (AIF)
29 Mar 1916: Involvement Private, 13681, Army Medical Corps (AIF), Third Ypres
29 Mar 1916: Embarked Private, 13681, Army Medical Corps (AIF), HMAT Kanowna, Sydney
20 May 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 8th Field Ambulance
27 Oct 1917: Involvement Private, 13681, 8th Field Ambulance, Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Australian Remembrance Army

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๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ก๐—ผ: 13681
๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ธ: Private
๐—จ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜: 8th Field Ambulance

Our group of volunteers had the honour of restoring the lettering to the large granite headstone of Mary Ann and William Moore, which includes a memorial inscription for their son, Frank who was killed in action in Belgium in 1917. The grave is located at the historic Nundah Cemetery in Brisbane and approval was granted by Brisbane City Council for us to complete these works prior to commencement. We are grateful for Councilโ€™s ongoing support of this voluntary work for these veterans.

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Mary Ann Gregory and William Moore were married in Staffordshire, England in 1881. They lived in Wednesbury, Staffordshire where William worked as a Blacksmith, and raised four sons โ€“ Albert Thomas (born 1881), William Henry (born 1883) and Frank and Walter (twins, born 1890). By 1911, Albert had emigrated to New Zealand. Mary Ann, William and their three sons were living in Wednesbury where William (Snr) worked as a Blacksmith, William (Jnr) a Draper, Frank a Tailor Cutter and Walter a Tailor.

On the 30th January 1913, Frank departed London, England on board the ship โ€œThermistoclesโ€, arriving in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on the 10th March. His brother William had emigrated to Australia on the 13th November 1911 and was living on Sandgate Road in the northern Brisbane suburb of Virginia. Frank settled in Virginia, working as a tailor and bought land in the suburb of Banyo.

In September of 1915, Frank enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force, in Brisbane. He embarked from Sydney on the 29th March 1916 per HMAT Kanowna and reported for duty with the 8th Field Ambulance on the 20th May at Ferry Post on the Suez Canal in Egypt. The following month, Frank embarked from Alexandria on board โ€œTransylvaniaโ€, disembarking six days later in Marseilles, France. He was admitted to hospital sick in the field on the 22nd April 1917, and transferred to the Ambulance Train before being admitted to the 5th General Hospital in Rouen with appendicitis. He was transferred to England, and admitted to the 4th Southern General Hospital on the 16th May. Frank was granted furlough from 20th June until the 4th July, when he marched in to No. 2 Command Depot in Weymouth, England.

From 9th July until the end of September, Frank spent time with the No.4 Command Depot in Codford before training with the Overseas Training Brigade at Perham Downs. He proceeded overseas from Folkstone, England to Rouelles, France on the 1st October 1917, and marched out to the A.A.M.C 5th Division two days later. He was taken on strength of the 8th Field Ambulance on the 8th October 1917.

Frank Gregory Moore was killed in action on Saturday 27th October 1917. He had gone from Ramparts (pill boxes) into the town of Ypres to bathe at the 5th Divisional Baths when a shell exploded and killed him and two other soldiers, and wounding others. He was buried the same night at the Military Cemetery at Menin Gate by the Church of England Padre, with crosses erected on all the graves. Fellow soldiers described Frank as being a very quiet, clean-shaven man who was of biggish build, about 5ft 8, and wore glasses. Frankโ€™s service record includes a letter that he wrote before leaving for war, in which he advises that he wishes โ€œยฃ10 ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘๐‘’ โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘†๐‘ข๐‘๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘›๐‘‘๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘‰๐‘–๐‘Ÿ๐‘”๐‘–๐‘›๐‘–๐‘Ž ๐‘†๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘‘๐‘Ž๐‘ฆ ๐‘†๐‘โ„Ž๐‘œ๐‘œ๐‘™ ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘”๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘–๐‘ง๐‘’ ๐‘ ๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘’ ๐‘˜๐‘–๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก๐‘  ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘โ„Ž๐‘–๐‘™๐‘‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘› ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ก ๐‘ ๐‘โ„Ž๐‘œ๐‘œ๐‘™โ€. (Copy of letter is attached.)
Extract from a letter in Frankโ€™s file: Owing to the extremely heavy fighting which took place in the vicinity, and the heavy shell fire to which this cemetery was subjected during hostilities, no trace can be found of the grave of these two soldiers [Frank Gregory Moore and Charles Henry Carstens]. The Imperial War Graves Commission has therefore decided to erect a โ€œSpecial Crossโ€ and the inscription will be prefaced by the words :- โ€œBuried in this Cemetery โ€“ actual graves unknownโ€.

We are very fortunate to have had photos taken of Frankโ€™s memorial headstone by Marijke Vandevyvere, who visited the cemetery for us. Thank you, Marijke!
Frankโ€™s parents and brother Walter, emigrated to Australia from England in 1920/21 and settled in Victoria Street at Banyo. Mary Ann Moore died on the 7th February 1930, and was buried at Nundah Cemetery. Her husband, William died seven years later, on the 9th May 1937, and was buried with Mary Ann.

Albert Thomas Moore married Evelyn Tracy Okey in 1911 and died in Taranaki, New Zealand in 1962.

William Henry Moore married Bridget Margaret Kelly and died in Brisbane in 1972. William and Bridgetโ€™s son, Frank Moore (born 1920) served in the second world war and was killed in Papua New Guinea on the 24th September 1943.

Walter Moore married Ellen Elizabeth Varney in 1924 and died in 1967 at Northgate, Brisbane.