FREDERICK JAMES MOYES

Image from the Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury – 1918

FRED

 

Born: 1882, Hoo Green, Suffolk.

Died: 27th November 1917; age: 35; died of wounds.

Residence: 3, Rectory Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: Messrs. Fissons’ Flour Mills, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 47729

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.

 

Grave Reference;

III.A.5.

Tincourt New British Cemetery,

Somme,

France.

 

CENSUS

 

1891   Hoo Green, Suffolk.

 

Frederick was 9 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Samuel Moyes, 61, an Agricultural Labourer, born Hoo Green, Suffolk.

Sophia Moyes (nee Rawlins), 51, a Charwomen, born Hoo Green.

Edward John Moyes, 27, an Agricultural Labourer, born Hoo Green.

David Moyes, 21, a Bricklayer, born Hoo Green.

Maria Moyes, 13, born Hoo Green.

 

1901  Hoo Green, Suffolk.

 

Fred was 19 years old, a Horseman. He was living with his widowed mother.

Sophia, 60.

 

1911   Hoo Green, Suffolk.

 

Fred was 29 years old, a Farm Labourer. He was married and Head of the Household.

Alice, 24.

 

In 1911, at Hoo, Suffolk, Frederick married Alice Emma Hazell, born August 1886, Thwaite St. Mary, Norfolk – daughter of William Hazell, a farm bailiff, and Emma Hazell (nee Jolly), of Bungay Road, Thwaite St. Mary.

 

Frederick’s nephew also lost his life during the First World War – Charles Amos Moyes, was killed in action on the 23rd August 1918, aged 19 – son of the late David Moyes and Mary Matilda Moyes (nee Hawes). Charles was ranked a Private, service number 63628, of the Queen’s, Royal West Surrey, 6th Battalion. Laid to rest at Meaulte Military Cemetery, France. Frederick’s mother, Sophia Moyes was next of kin and then later his sister, Edith Matilda Moyes, of Bank Lodge, Smart Street, Ipswich.

 

Both Frederick and Charles are commemorated on the war memorial inside St. Andrew and St. Eustachius Church, Hoo, Suffolk.

 

In December 1911, Frederick gave evidence at an inquest held at Hoo on Tuesday, 13th December before Mr. Coroner Brooke, of Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Framlingham New – Saturday, 23rd December 1911 – DISTRESSING OCCURRENCE – HUSBAND AND WIFE IN A PONDA feeling of profound sympathy filled the locality on the distressing news being circulated of a double drowning fatality at Hoo. The bodies of David Moyes, and his wife Mary Matilda Moyes, aged respectively 39 and 38 years, were found in a pond near their house on the morning of Sunday, 11th December.

How or by what means the bodies came into the pond will never be known, but it is thought that Mary Moyes went to the pond for water, as a pail was found floating on the surface of the pond when the bodies were discovered, and in descending the steps leading down to the edge of the water she slipped and fell in, her screams attracted the attention of her husband, who was in all probability nearby and that he lost his life in a plucky attempt to rescue his drowning wife.

Frederick David Moyes, eldest child of the deceased couple, in giving evidence, said he returned home from work last Saturday evening at 5:30, and as his father and mother were not at home he thought they had gone to see Mrs. Revell, who was not well. He remained indoors with his brothers and sisters till midnight. As his parents had not then returned he went to bed. He awoke at four a.m., and on going into their room he found that his father and mother were still missing. He got up about 6:30 a.m., and shortly afterwards went to the pond to get some water to put in the kettle, when he beheld, to his great horror, the lifeless forms of his father and mother in the pond. He at once called his uncle Frederick and grandmother.

Frederick Moyes, brother of the male deceased, in corroborating the evidence of the previous witness, said that when he arrived at the pond both David and Mary were quite dead. He did not notice any cap or hat on the water. The bodies were about a foot apart, and about three or four yards from the steps, in about six feet of water.

Police constable George Downing, stationed at Brandeston, said that he went over to Hoo last Sunday morning at about ten o’clock. He found the bodies in the shed. He examined the pond, and found a zinc pail and cap; both were floating. The pail was at the opposite end of the pond to the place whence the bodies had been recovered, but it had probably been blown there. The pond was well-fenced from the garden, with a gate at the steps, and the handrails were sound. Witness measured the depth of water, and found 5 ½ feet at the steps, and 6 feet where the bodies were found.

Dr. William George Conner, of Earl Soham, deposed to having been sent for last Sunday, and to having been informed that Mr. and Mrs. Moyes had been drowned. He had examined the bodies since death: the appearances were consistent with death from drowning. There were no marks of violence. He had attended both for years; neither had heart disease nor had either been subject to fits.

The Jury returned an open verdict of “Found Drowned,” and added that they considered further precautions should be taken to render access to the pond more safe.

The children have been taken in by kind villagers, till something can be done for them.

THE FUNERAL – A further sad stage in the distressing affair was reached on Friday when the bodies were laid to rest in the village churchyard amid scenes of great impressiveness and sadness, the whole village being enveloped in a mantle of sorrow such as it has never known before.

David and Mary’s orphaned children – Frederick David, 17 years old, Edith Matilda, 15 years old, Charles Amos, 12 years old, George Edward, 10 years old, William John, 8 years old, Florence Emma, 5 years old, and Annie Sophia, just a year old.

 

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 Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion:

20th November 1917
7th Battalion the Suffolk Regiment
Zero hour 03:00hrs attack along Bonavis Ridge by 12th Division. Tanks had moved up unobserved, and three belts of barbed wire were crossed. The 7th Suffolk and 5th Berkshire Regiment part of the 35th Brigade had rapidly advanced and overrun the Hindenburg trench system. They encountered obstinate resistance from the Lateau wood area from sheltered German batteries where fierce fighting involving infantry and tanks throughout the morning, finally took the enemy guns. Up to the 30th November when a large German counterattack took place, the Battalion numbered 232 casualties.

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