Francis Arnold MOSELEY

MOSELEY, Francis Arnold

Service Numbers: Not yet discovered
Enlisted: 18 January 1916
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 16th Infantry Battalion
Born: Perth, Western Australia, Australia, 28 March 1883
Home Town: Cottesloe, Peppermint Grove, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Solicitor
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World War 1 Service

18 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 16th Infantry Battalion
13 Oct 1916: Involvement 16th Infantry Battalion
13 Oct 1916: Embarked 16th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Suffolk, Fremantle
13 Aug 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 16th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Moseley was born in Perth, WA.  He enlisted at the age of 32, when he was a barrister/solicitor. His father, Francis Arnold Moseley, was a prominent citizen of Cottesloe.

He embarked at Fremantle 13 October 1916 per A23 Suffolk. He served in France 1917-1918 and was recommended for a Military Cross.

‘This officer is brought to notice for continuous gallant conduct and devotion to duty for the periods 17 September 1918 – 31 December 1918. To quote one of the instances where this officer has totally disregarded personal safety in the interests of his task and the men he has led, would be at the Le Verguier on 18 September 1918. Lieutenant Moseley during daylight made a very daring reconnaissance and succeeded in gaining very valuable information as to enemy dispositions and strength, which materially assisted in the planning and carrying out the part of his company and incidentally, the Battalion, were to play in the operation. He led his men very gallantly and the knowledge he had gained during his reconnaissance was undoubtedly the main reason of his company sustaining a minimum of casualties and being so successful in the attack. This officer has always been very efficient and he has never failed to inspire his men with confidence in all their undertakings, and is strongly recommended for distinction.’

In September 1919 Francis required an early discharge in England to take up a ‘berth’ with the legal firm at Albany Courtyard, Piccadilly, London with an annual salary of £400.  He was discharged in England at his own request on 22 November 1919.

His older brother 8007 Private Edwin Otis Moseley also of the 16th Battalion AIF was killed in action 8 August 1918, age 37, near Merincourt, France.