DONALD ROBERT MOFFAT

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.

 

Grave Reference:

III.F.23.

Enfidaville War Cemetery,

Sousse,

Tunisia.

 

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-ordinating Officer – Civil Defence.

Mother: Katherine Mary Moffat (nee Hamblin), born September 1883, Ipswich.

 

Donald attended Ipswich School – he left the school in 1932. Donald had always planned to follow his father in the profession of the law. But Donald also 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.

 

In 1940, Ipswich, Donald married Barbara Lee Foyster, born January 1918, Ipswich.

 

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.”

 

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