Moore, John (PLY/17248)

Moore, John

Private

No. PLY/17248 Royal Marine Light Infantry HMS Cleopatra

Died as a result of enemy action on Friday 4 August 1916

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Plymouth Naval Memorial (Panel 18)

Bangor Purple Star (Loyal Orange Lodge No. 677) Roll of Honour

BIOGRAPHY

Service and pension records contain the following details for Private John Moore (No. PLY/17248):

  • Born on 6 November 1894 in Bangor, Co. Down
  • Killed in action; body not recovered for burial
  • Foster mother: Mrs Jennie Lightbody, 14 Wallace Street, Newtownards

In the 1901 census John Moore (aged 6) and his sister, Mary Moore (aged 8), were living in Castle Street, Bangor with their uncle and aunt, William John and Jane (Jennie) Lightbody.

In the 1911 census John Moore (a message boy aged 16) was living in Castle Street, Bangor with his uncle and aunt, William John and Jane (Jennie) Lightbody.

Civil birth registration records provide the following information:

John Moore was born on 31 December 1894 in Newtownards Workhouse and he was a son of Ann Moore from the Rural District.

John had an older sister, Mary Jane Moore, who was born on 22 August 1892 in Ballyminetragh, Groomsport and it was recorded that she was a daughter of Anna Moore, a domestic servant.

William John Lightbody worked as a labourer and he and Jane (Jeannie) Lightbody (nee Moore) had ten children including:

Anna (Annie, born 14 January 1890 in Ballyminetragh, Groomsport; Anna’s name was registered as Anna Moore)

Jane (born 6 December 1891 in Orlock)

William James (born 11 November 1893 in Ballymaconnell; died 4 March 1899 as a result of burns accidentally received)

Ellen (Nellie, born 22 April 1896 in Cottown)

Sarah Ann (Sadie, born 4 May 1898 in Ballymaconnell)

Susan (born 9 March 1900 in Castle Mount, Bangor)

William John (born 8 April 1902 in Castle Square, Bangor; worked as a gardener; moved to Canada in 1923 to join his aunt and uncle, Annie and John Evans; married Lydia Ann Burk, aged 17, in Canada on 17 September 1928)

Herbert (born 10 September 1904 in King Street, Bangor)

Annie Lightbody and Thomas Schofield were married on 2 June 1909 in Wesley Centenary Methodist Church Bangor.  Thomas Schofield, a labourer from Ballyvernott, Bangor was a son of James Schofield, an engineer (deceased).  Annie Lightbody from 105 Ballymagee Street, Bangor was a daughter of William John Lightbody, a labourer.  They had at least two children:

Albert (born 18 September 1909 at 105 Ballymagee Street, Bangor)

Thomas (born 15 August 1912 in Castle Street, Bangor)

During the Great War, Able Seaman Thomas Schofield served with the Royal Navy and he was killed in action on 1 November 1914.

John Moore worked as a barman before he enlisted in Belfast on 10 September 1914.  He stated that he was Presbyterian and that he was born on 6 November 1894 in Bangor.  He said his mother’s name was Annie and she lived at 1274 Yonge Street, Toronto.  It was noted in his enlistment papers that John Moore was 5 feet 9 inches tall with a dark complexion, blue eyes and brown hair.

Private John Moore (No. PLY/17248) served with the Royal Marine Light Infantry and he was killed on 4 August 1916 when HMS Cleopatra, a C-class light cruiser, struck a mine off Thornton Ridge, off the coast of Belgium.  His body was not recovered.

HMS Cleopatra was damaged but was able to return to action after repairs.

Private John Moore and Able Seaman Thomas Schofield are both commemorated on the Bangor Purple Star (Loyal Orange Lodge No. 677) Roll of Honour.

Private John Moore’s mother, Annie (sometimes Ann, sometimes Anna) Moore was a daughter of James and Jane Moore (nee Agnew).

James Moore and Jane Agnew were married on 11 May 1869 in Newtownards Registrar’s Office.  James Moore (aged 22), a labourer from Herdstown, Donaghadee was a son of Hugh Moore, a labourer.  Jane Agnew (aged 23) an embroiderer from Sandy Row, Donaghadee was a daughter of Alexander Agnew, a coastguard.  James and Jane Moore (nee Agnew) had at least four children:

Jane (born 6 May 1870 in Herdstown)

Anna Cochrane (Annie, born 2 August 1872 in Hogstown; moved to Canada; married John Evans, an asbestos worker, on 5 November 1919 in Toronto; Annie was described as a widow and the names of her parents were mixed up; her father’s name was recorded as James Agnew and her mother’s maiden name was recorded as Dorothy O’Connell – instead of her father’s name as James Moore and her mother’s maiden name as Jane Agnew)

Margaret (born 17 June 1874 in Herdstown)

Louisa (born 12 November 1876 in Herdstown; died 24 January 1877)

Their mother, Jane Moore, died of phthisis in Herdstown on 25 July 1877 (aged 32).

Their father, James Moore, remarried.  James Moore and Dorothea McConnell were married on 17 January 1879 in Donaghadee Parish Church of Ireland Church.  Dorothea McConnell from Hogstown, Donaghadee was a daughter of Thomas McConnell, a labourer.  James and Dorothea (Dorothy) Moore (nee McConnell) had at least three children:

James (born 8 September 1879 in Hogstown)

Hugh (born 4 September 1882 in Herdstown)

Dorothea (born 25 December 1885 in New Row, Donaghadee)

Their father, James Moore, died of chronic Bright’s disease in New Row, Donaghadee on 9 July 1895 (aged 49).

Their mother, Dorothea (Dorothy) Moore died of chronic bronchitis in Meetinghouse Street, Donaghadee on 9 July 1903 (aged 63).

On 28 April 1923 William John Lightbody (aged 50) sailed to Canada aboard the SS Regina to settle there; he was going out to his brother-in-law, John Evans, at 22 Scollard Street, Toronto.  His fare paid was for by his sister-in-law and his nearest relative in Ireland was his wife, Jane Lightbody, then living at 16 The Mall, Armagh.

On 7 July 1923 Jane Lightbody (aged 58, born in Bangor) sailed to Canada aboard the SS Montclare to join her husband John Lightbody at 22 Scollard Street, Toronto.  Her fare was paid for by her husband and her daughter (Mrs John Stewart of 32 Drumadd Street, Armagh).  On 7 July 1923 Jane Lightbody (aged 7, born in Bangor) sailed to Canada aboard the SS Montclare to settle there; she was going out to her grandfather, William John Lightbody at 22 Scollard Street, Toronto.  Her fare was paid for by her mother, Mrs Annie Stewart of 32 Drumadd Street, Armagh.

Jennie Lightbody died of a coronary thrombosis in Willowdale, Ontario, Canada on 21 September 1942 (aged 72 years 4 months).  On the Certificate of Registration of her death it is recorded that she was born in Donaghadee on 6 May 1870 and was a daughter of James and Jane Moore (nee Agnew).