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William MOSLEY

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Surname: MOSLEY

Forename(s): William

Place of Birth: Farnhill, Yorkshire

Service No: 165037

Rank: Gunner

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Field Artillery

Battalion / Unit: 'B' Battery 59th Brigade

Division: 11th (Northern) Division

Age: 40

Date of Death: 1917-06-03

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: II. AA. 26.

CWGC Cemetery: LA LAITERIE MILITARY CEMETERY

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: FARNHILL, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: KILDWICK, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

William Mosley was the son of David and Mary Ann Mosley, née Hopkinson. David was born at Farnhill and Mary at Cowling, Yorkshire.

1881 Farnhill, Yorkshire Census: Bucklar Hill - William Mosley, aged 3 years, born Farnhill, son of David and Mary Ann Mosley.

1891 Farnhill, Yorkshire Census: Bucklar Hill - Willie Mosley, aged 13 years, born Farnhill, son of David Mosley, widower.

1901 Farnhill, Yorkshire Census: 13, Bucklar Hill - William Mosley, aged 23 years, born Kildwick, Yorkshire, son [stepson] of Henrietta Mosley, widow. [William's father, David, had married Henrietta Stephenson in 1892.]

William was married to Lottie Rich in 1903.

1911 Farnhill, Yorkshire Census: 56, Starkey Lane - William Mosley, aged 33, born Farnhill, husband of Lottie Mosley.

William was a church bell ringer and is commemorated on the Roll of Honour of The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Gnr William Mosley, 165037, Royal Field Artillery.

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

MOSLEY, Gunner W., R.A., Buckler Hill, [Farnhill], killed in action 1917.

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Gunner William MOSLEY

Gunner William MOSLEY

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Field Artillery

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Field Artillery

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 11th (Northern) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 11th (Northern) Division

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Surname: MOSLEY

Forename(s): William

Born:

Residence: Keighley, Yorkshire

Enlisted: Keighley, Yorkshire

Number: 165037

Rank: Gunner

Regiment: Royal Horse Artillery & Royal Field Artillery

Battalion:

Decorations:

Died Date: 1917-06-03

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

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Surname: MOSLEY

Forename(s): W

Nationality: United Kingdom

Service Number: 165037

Rank: Gunner

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery

Unit: 'B' Battery 59th Brigade

Age:

Awards:

Died Date: 1917-06-03

Additional Information: Husband of L. Mosley, of 11, Bucklar Hill, Farnhill, Keighley.

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15 June 1917

MOSLEY – June 2nd 1917, killed in action on the Western Front, Gunner Mosley, R.F.A., husband of Mrs. Mosley, Buckler Hill, Farnhill, aged 40 years.

15 June 1917

FARNHILL – GUNNER MOSLEY KILLED

On Friday morning last Mrs. William Mosley, Buckler Hill, Farnhill, received the following letter from France, written by one of her husband’s comrades:– “Dear Madam, – Just a few lines to let you know of the sad death of your husband. I daresay by this time you will have received the fatal news. I tender my greatest sympathy, and that of all the boys in this battery, to you and his dear children. He died for a just and noble cause and fell at duty’s call. He was buried decently and reverently, I myself being one of six gunners to dig his grave in a cemetery by the crossroads out here. We laid him to rest last Sunday evening and to-day (June 4th) I have been down to put a cross on his grave with the inscription:– “R.I.P. Killed in Action. Gunr. Mosley, W. No. 165037, ----- Brigade, R.F.A., June 2nd, 1917.

“So long as we are here you may rest assured that I shall see his grave is well looked after. He was liked by all the boys, being a quiet, steady man. I am a married man myself and can sympathise with you in every way. Believe me, Yours in sympathy, GUNNER E. MOORE.”

Gunner Mosley, before joining the Army, worked at the sud ponds at Sutton Mill. He was one of the bellringers at St. Andrew’s Church, Kildwick, from being a boy, and a member of the Bellringers Association. As a token of respect, the Church bells were muffled and rung on Saturday afternoon, and again on Sunday morning. In the evening they were half-muffled. He was 40 years of age and leaves a widow and five children.

06 July 1917

KILDWICK – MEMORIAL SERVICE

A memorial service was held in the St. Andrew’s Church on Sunday for Gunner Wm. Mosley, who was killed in France. The service was conducted by the Rev. C.E.V. Hodge, M.A. The organist, Mr. George Spencer, played ‘O Rest in the Lord’ as a voluntary. Appropriate hymns were sung, and at the conclusion of the service the Dead March in ‘Saul’ was played. The Vicar said that such men as this, who had nobly died for his country, were doing so for the children of the nation. He urged that everything possible should be done to preserve the child life of the nation, which is our greatest asset. He advocated the opening of crèches, and of schools for mothers, urging that ignorance is the chief cause of the appalling waste of infant life of the country.

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15 June 1917

MOSLEY – Gunner W. Mosley, husband of Mrs. Mosley, of Buckler Hill, Farnhill, killed in action.

15 June 1917

FARNHILL – GUNNER W. MOSLEY KILLED IN ACTION

Mrs. Willie Mosley, of Buckler Hill, Farnhill, has received information that her husband had been killed in action. Gunner Mosley joined the forces in August, 1916, and went across to France in January last. Prior to joining the army he was employed at Messrs. John Woodrow and Sons as a weaver. He leaves a widow and five children, the eldest being 13 years of age. A very kind and sympathetic letter has been received from a fellow gunner, the following being a few extracts:– “Just a few lines to let you know about the death of your husband. You have, I suppose, received information before. I wish to tender my deepest sympathy, and also the sympathy of all the boys in my battery, both to you and to his dear children, of which I have seen the photo. I pray that God will give you strength and courage to help you to bear this sad and lamented loss. I am sure he would like to see you as brave and cheerful as possible, as he died for a noble cause, at duty’s call. I can tell you that he was decently and reverently buried, I myself being one of the six gunners to dig his grave in a cemetery here. We laid him to rest last Sunday (June 3rd) and to-day (Monday) I have been to put a cross upon his grave. I will look after it so long as I am here. I am married myself and have children and can sympathise with you in every way. He was greatly liked by all the boys. He was a steady man, and, I believe, a Christian soldier.”

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