2nd Lt. Frederick Moore


He is given in Cairo Gang photo as no 3. "Moore (Irish)" and that is him in a photo of F Coy on patrol. I am grateful to Kevin Good for sending me the comparison shot.

1895 Oct 21. Born Belfast. (RIC entry) IRA have him as "Irish" on "Cairo Gang" photo. And ADRIC have him as aged 24 on joining indicating 1896/1897. The 1919 newspaper article confirms I have him correctly until 1924. After that he disappears

1901 census at Ratcliffe St, Belfast. His father is now dead

1911 census at My Ladys Rd, Ormeau, Belfast. His mother has remarried to a Gracey. Fred is an Office Boy

I suspect that this is him. There is no Frederick Moore at 39a Dunraven Rd. Shepherds Bush in 1921 census

Royal Irish Rifles. 14th (Service) Battalion (Young Citizens) Formed in Belfast in September 1914 from the Belfast Volunteers. Came under orders of 109th Brigade in 36th (Ulster) Division. Moved to Bundoran in December 1914, going on to Randalstown in January 1915. July 1915 : moved to Seaford. October 1915 : landed at Boulogne. Apparently also known as the 'Chocolate Soldiers' because they came from 'well to do' homes .. i.e. they were apprentices, clerks, young managers etc. Fought at Schwaben redoubt on July 1 .

Young Citizen Volunteers as a unit formed the 14th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles. The Battalion was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Robert Chichester, who addressed the soldiers as "young citizens", and wore the grey uniform of the YCV although in fact the group's 750 members were augmented by more troops from mainland Britain (who made up 25% of the 14th) and the rest of Ireland (17%). A large group of English conscripts in the Battalion were nicknamed the "Gawd Blimey Brigade" by the original Belfast members, many of whom came from middle and upper-class families and so looked down on the more rough and ready English soldiers.

The 14th was generally seen as one of the poorer combat units of the Ulster Division. A letter by Major General Oliver Nugent to the Adjutant General in December 1917 described them as "totally wanting in any military spirit" and stated that "the Brigadier says he cannot trust them and I know that he is right [as] they are poor stuff either as workers or fighters and have been a constant source of anxiety during the past three weeks". The group was disbanded 18 Feb 1918 as part of a wider reduction in size for the 36th (Ulster) Division.

1915 Oct 5. Landed in France.

1918 May 29. Commissioned 2nd Lt in Worcs Regt. He was with 6th Battalion.

1919 Mar 22 Wounded by blast

1919 Sep 3. Worcs Regt. 2nd Lt. F. Moore relinquishes his commission on account of ill-health caused by wounds, and retains the rank of 2nd Lt


1920 Dec 29 Joined ADRIC with service no. 1393 . Posted to F Coy. RIC no 81285. Unusually his ADRIC entry does not record a Rank or Regiment


1921 census for 39a Dunraven Rd, Shepherds Bush shows he was not there (he would have been in Ireland - but he has no connection with this family) I cannot find , say, a marriage to one of the daughters

1922 Jan 17 Discharged at demobilisation of ADRIC.

1924 Oct 30 Married at Hammersmith to Florence Gladys Muriel Mitchell (1897–1980)