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Frederick Moses – Sheffield Pals

Frederick Stayton Moses was born in 1894 in Chester to parents Peter E Moses who was born in Prescot Lancs and Mary E (nee Welsh) Moses born in Bagillit Flints. They married in Prescot in 1887 and on the 1891 census were living in Rhosddn Denbighshire Wales with Peter listed as an insurance clerk and Mary a dressmaker, they had 2 sons George W age 3 and Harry H age 1. Their niece Annie Griffiths also lived with them, she was a servant and came from St Helens Lancs.

On the 1901 census they had moved to Blodwell Cottages in Holywell Flints with 2 sons George Wyville Moses age 12 and Frederick Stayton Moses age 7 Harry Hewitt Moses had died in 1889 age 9.

In 1911 they were now living in Sheffield at 25, Westonville Terrace with George now age 22 who was a schoolmaster and Frederick age 17 who attended the Central School, Leopold St Sheffield.

In July 1912 age 19 Frederick enrolled at the University of Sheffield for a Bsc Hons degree in Physics.


Fredrick Moses, drawn from his photo in the Sheffield Independent by Yvonne Philips.

Frederick enlisted with the 12th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment, A company as a Private 12/190. His occupation stated Sheffield university student. He served his country in France but sadly was killed in action on the 1st July 1916 age 22 in France at the Battle of the Somme in the Western European Theatre. He had been promoted to a Lance Corporal. He was remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.

Frederick was awarded the British and Victory Medals and also remembered on the Rolls of Honour at the following places: Sheffield University, Sheffield City Council, St Stephens Church Fawcett Street, Holly Leaf, Sheffield City Battalion, Walkley Reform Club and Central School Leopold Street(now in High Storrs school library).

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Frederick’s parents. Photo courtesy of Jean Julian.

The photos of Isaac’s parents and brother George Wyville Moses were kindly donated by the daughter of George’s brother-in-law in Hemsworth Yorkshire where George went to live and became the headmaster at Hemsworth West End School. We are most grateful to receive the photos and also for the donation of Frederick’s school ruler which he had carved his name on.

By Geraldine Stansall

About Bill Bevan

Bill Bevan is an archaeologist, writer, photographer and heritage interpreter.

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This entry was posted on May 28, 2014 by in First World War.
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