Picture taken from the Evening Star 24th April 1943.
Born: 26th September 1914, 61, Gainsborough Road, Ipswich.
Died: 8th April 1943; age: 28; KiA at Pichon, North Africa.
Residence: 8, Parkside Avenue, Ipswich.
Occupation: Assistant Solicitor to the Town Clerk of Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Rank: Captain; Service Number: 63182.
Regiment: Royal Artillery, 58 Medium Regiment.
Medals Awarded: Territorial Decoration.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Alexander Alfred & Katherine Mary Moffat, of Ipswich; husband of Barbara Lee Moffat, of Ipswich.
Father: Alexander Alfred Moffat, born August 1879, Ipswich. A Solicitor and Town Clerk – Ipswich Borough Council. During the Second World War, Alexander was Co-coordinating Officer – Civil Defence.
Mother: Katherine Mary Moffat (nee Hamblin), born September 1883, Ipswich.
Donald was educated Ipswich School – he left the school in 1932. Donald had always planned to follow his father in the profession of the law. Passing his Law Society Intermediate Examination, November 8th 1934.
Donald had a keen interest in the local Territorial Artillery, and was accordingly one of the first to be called up for service in September 1939.
On Tuesday, 18th June 1940, at the Presbyterian Church, Ipswich, Donald married Barbara Lee Foyster, born January 1918, Ipswich, of 24, Warrington Road, Ipswich.
Evening Star – 18th June 1940
IPSWICH TOWN CLERK’S SON WEDS
Moffat – Foyster
The wedding was solemnised at the Presbyterian Church, Ipswich, this (Tuesday) afternoon of Captain Donald Robert Moffat. R.A., to Miss Barbara Lee Foyster. Captain Moffat is the son of Mr. A.A. Moffat, Town Clerk of Ipswich, and Mrs. Moffat, who reside at 8, Parkside Avenue, Ipswich. Until the outbreak of the war, Captain Moffat was Assistant Solicitor to the Harrogate Corporation. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Foyster, of 24, Warrington Road, Ipswich. Mr. Foyster being the Manager and Secretary of the Eastern Counties Building Society. The bride holds the Social Science Diploma of Bedford College, London.
The bride’s ankle-length gown was of powder blue marocaine, with Juliet cap to match and silver shoes, and she carried a bouquet of crimson roses. The bridesmaid was Miss Joan Foyster (sister of the bride), who deputised for Miss Margaret Marriott, a school friend of the bride, who was prevented from attending by illness. The bride was given away by her father, and Mr. Roy Hicks was best man. The Rev. Peter MacPhail officiated.
A reception was held at The Croft, Westerfield, the residence of the bride’s aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Tetsall. The bride’s travelling costume was a navy blue two-piece suit with navy hat, shoes and bag, with a fox fur, the gift of the bridegroom.
Probate to Barbara Lee Moffat – widow.
Donald is also remembered on the Chapel war memorial at Ipswich School.
CAPT. D.R. MOFFAT KILLED IN ACTION
Son of Town Clerk of Ipswich.
Intimation of the death of Capt. Donald Robert Moffat, R.A., has been received with widespread regret in Ipswich, and much sympathy is felt for his parents, the Town Clerk of Ipswich and Mrs. A.A. Moffat, and his wife. Capt. Moffat, who was 28, was killed in action in North Africa.
After leaving Ipswich School Capt. Moffat was articled with his father, and, after a short time in the solicitors’ department of the Ipswich Corporation, he was appointed assistant solicitor to the Town Clerk of Harrogate. Mr. Moffat held a commission in the Territorial Army, and on the outbreak of war mobilised with his unit, going out to France. He was in the evacuation at Dunkirk, and, on his return to England married Barbara, the younger daughter of Mr. Harry Foyster.
Whilst in Ipswich he took a keen interest in the Boys Scouts, and was a prominent member of the local branch of Toc H. An expert swimmer, he was also Vice-Commodore of Stoke Bathing Place Sailing Club.
In a letter of sympathy from his Commanding Officer it was stated that death took place instantaneously. The letter proceeded: “The ‘Old Mole,” as he was affectionately known, was a grand chap, and his regiment has suffered a severe loss. His men worshipped him, and he was commanding a fine troop.”
The daily record of Gunner Stanley Clifford Stocking of the 58 Regiment 1943
Leave for reccy at 9 am meeting B.R.A. etc. and go within 5-600 yards of enemy in no-mans land. After a roughly prepared meal we prepare to stay the night. But guards advise us to retire further back owing to enemy armoured patrols.
12.30 am. Regt. arrive and we contact Infantry for support and go forward to establish troop positions and C.P. Hard digging while more shells fall and we fill all in after 3 nights no rest (Reprimand from R.G.H.) Att. 6th armoured Div.)
Prepare for big attack. Sand and dust everywhere with strong wind. 5 am survey completed. First fresh water for days.
This was a Red Letter Day. We watched the tanks and armoured vehicles pass by in a never ending stream for 36 hours a most impressive spectacle. First shave for 5 days. Pichon falls but we regret the news of Capt. Moffatt’s death.