Moir, John

Moir, John

Lieutenant (E)

Royal Navy, HMS Edinburgh

Killed in action on Thursday 30 April 1942 (aged 22)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon, England (Panel 63 Column 1)

Glover family headstone in Ballyhalbert Parish Church of Ireland Graveyard at Ballyeasborough

Son of Sally Moir, Civilian War Dead


John Moir was born on 12 August 1919 in Port Glasgow, Renfrewshire, Scotland, and he was the only son of Archibald Black Moir and Sally Moir (nee Glover) of Port Glasgow and Hong Kong; he was a grandson of James and Mary Glover of Kircubbin.

Sarah (Sally) Moir (nee Glover) was born on 4 September 1882 and she was a daughter of James and Mary Glover (nee Palmer) who lived at 13 Shore Row, Kircubbin.  James Glover was a schoolteacher, originally from Groomsport, and he and Mary Palmer were married on 22 April 1864 in Ballyhalbert Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Andrew’s) at Ballyeasborough.  They had at least nine children:

William (born 23 September 1865 in Ballyeasborough; died 22 April 1869)

Isabella (born 1 January 1867 in Ballyeasborough; died in infancy)

Unnamed daughter (born 27 February 1868; died in infancy)

Mary Jane (born 3 January 1870 in Groomsport)

Robert John (born 15 December 1870 in Groomsport; died 1 January 1871)

James (born 17 February 1872 in Groomsport)

Ruth (born 10 October 1873 in Groomsport; died 18 December 1873)

Ruth (born 17 November 1876 in Kircubbin)

Sarah (Sally, born 4 September 1882 in Kircubbin)

Mary Glover died on 15 October 1901 (aged 60), James Glover died on 28 June 1925 (aged 81) and they were buried in Ballyhalbert Parish Church of Ireland Graveyard.

Sally Glover and Archibald Black Moir, an engineer from Scotland, were married on 12 June 1912 in Kircubbin Presbyterian Church and they had at least two children:

John (born 12 August 1919 in Port Glasgow)

Kathleen Glover

Sally Moir of Cornhill, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong was a nurse with the Hong Kong Auxiliary Nursing Service, and she was 62 when she died on 22 December 1944 at Shanghai in China.

In the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour website it is noted that John Moir was the husband of Mrs Joan Howdle (formerly Moir) of Hove, Sussex.  The marriage of John Moir and Joan Rosekilly was registered in the first quarter of 1942 in Brighton, Sussex.  The marriage of Joan Moir (nee Rosekilly) and William Howdle was registered in the fourth quarter of 1942 in Hove, Sussex.

During the Second World War John Moir served with the Royal Navy aboard HMS Edinburgh.

HMS Edinburgh was a light cruiser of the Belfast class which was built by Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd., Newcastle-on-Tyne.  She was laid down on 30 December 1936, launched on 31 March 1938 and completed on 6 July 1939.  After the outbreak of the Second World War, she patrolled between Iceland and the Faroe Islands.  Thereafter she undertook various convoy protection duties and in April 1942 she escorted Convoy PQ-14 from Iceland to Kola Bay, Murmansk, Russia.  On 28 April 1942 she left Russia to escort the returning Convoy QP-11 and on 30 April 1942 HMS Edinburgh was struck by two torpedoes fired from the German submarine U-456.  She was taken in tow, but later was able to proceed at slow speed under her own steam.  (On 2 May HMS Edinburgh was attacked by torpedo aircraft and then by three German destroyers off Bear Island, Norway.  Hit by a torpedo fired from the German destroyer Z 24, she was abandoned and scuttled by a torpedo fired from HMS Foresight; HMS Foresight herself had to be scuttled in August 1942).

Lieutenant John Moir was one of more than 50 men who died as the result of the attack on HMS Edinburgh on 30 April 1942.

Lieutenant John Moir was 22 when he died, and he is commemorated on Plymouth Naval Memorial in Devon and on the Glover family headstone in Ballyhalbert Parish Church of Ireland Graveyard at Ballyeasborough.