Dudley is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park
Born: 1914, district of Woodbridge, Suffolk.
Died: 2nd June 1940; age: 26; Medway, Kent – while being evacuated from Dunkirk.
Landed in France On 7 October 1939.
Wounded in France and evacuated to England, Medway Hospital.
Rank: Gunner; Service number: 818135.
Regiment: Royal Artillery. Battalion:157 Bty. 53 Lt. A.A. Regt.
Sec. X.J. Div. 5. Grave 247
Father: William Robert Moss, 1889, Clopton, Suffolk.
Mother: Daisy Alice (nee Mayhew), born 1889, Ufford – died 1935, Ipswich.
In 1939, Ipswich, Dudley married Yvonne Adele Fuller, born November 1917, Ipswich.
They had 1 daughter.
A family note:
“I must explain, that the reason that my cousin and I have got so concerned at this time, is that the Ipswich Star recently printed a supplement called ‘Suffolk Roll of Honour 1939-1945’, which purported to list the names of all the fallen. We looked in vain for my Uncle’s name. As you say, some names were put on village memorials, and knowing so little about him, we thought that that might have been the case. However, if it was, we would have expected to find him somewhere on the list.”
“It seems awful, but we know so little about him. He had only been married to my Aunt for about a year, when he was killed. As she was already expecting my cousin, and had consequently been thrown out of her home by my Grandparents, they were married by special licence. My parents only met him a few times, as he was called up at the beginning of the war, as he was a reservist. My Aunt never spoke of him after he died, and she never re-married. He was the love of her life.
“The details that we do know, are that his name was Dudley Eric Moss. He died on 2nd June 1940, from wounds that he received while being evacuated from Dunkirk, when the boat that he was on was strafed by a German plane. He died in England in his wife’s arms. I don’t know where.”
Christine Reeve (2015)