Moffett, Samuel McWha (No. 18/97)

Moffett, Samuel McWha (Samuel)

Rifleman

No. 18/97, 11th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles   

Died of wounds on Wednesday 15 March 1916 (aged 29) 

Buried:

Forceville Communal Cemetery and Extension, France (Plot 1 Row A Grave 14)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Bangor and District War Memorial

Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque

Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum

Clandeboye Chapel

Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church

Family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor

BIOGRAPHY

In some records his surname is spelt Moffet and in others Moffatt.

Samuel McWha Moffett was born on 19 March 1886 in the townland of Ballyleidy and he was a son of Thomas and Elizabeth Moffett (nee Russell) who were married on 7 August 1867 in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church.

The Moffett family lived at Clandeboye.

Thomas Moffett worked as an agricultural labourer and he and Elizabeth had at least nine children:

Margaret (born 20 September 1867 in Crawfordsburn)

Elizabeth Ann (Lizzie, born 29 August 1869 in Crawfordsburn; died 22 December 1943)

Jane (born 1 February 1872 in Crawfordsburn)

James Alexander (born 2 May 1874 in Crawfordsburn; died 30 August 1936)

George McWha (born 15 June 1876 in Crawfordsburn)

Agnes (born 14 June 1879 in Crawfordsburn)

Mary McWha (born 13 November 1881 in Ballyvernon; died 17 October 1945)

Thomas (born 11 January 1884 in Ballyvernon; worked as a plumber)

Samuel McWha (born 19 March 1886 in Ballyleidy)

Samuel McWha Moffett was baptised in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church.

Prior to the outbreak of the Great War Samuel Moffett worked as a clerk.  He was a member of Bangor Commercial LOL No. 447.  He enlisted in Belfast and went to the Front from Clandeboye with a draft for the 11th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (South Antrim Volunteers) in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.

Rifleman Samuel Moffett (No. 18/97) was four days short of his 30th birthday when he died of wounds on 15 March 1916 and he was buried in Forceville Communal Cemetery and Extension, France.  Rifleman Samuel Moffett (No. 18/97) is commemorated on Bangor and District War Memorial; on the Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque; in the Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum (Page 31); in Clandeboye Chapel and in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church.  He is also commemorated on the family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor.

Samuel’s father, Thomas Moffett, died of bronchitis on 15 June 1916 (aged 69); his son George was with him when he died.

Samuel’s mother, Elizabeth Moffett, died on 28 September 1929 (aged 83).