William Moody

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Service number:
Lance Corporal
Royal Engineers
Date of birth:
22 December 1877
Date of death:
12 September 1917
Age at Death:
MOODY William

Known information

William Moody was an organ builder in Oakham before the war, running his own company, Morton and Moody. He lived with his wife Florence at 5, Penn Street in the town. William was originally from Hull, where he was born on 22 December 1877. He joined the Royal Engineers on 29 December 1915 and served with 511th (London) Field Company. He was promoted to Lance Corporal the following September and went abroad on 3 January 1917. William saw action in both France and Belgium before being killed by a shell along with another soldier on 12 September 1917 while asleep in a dug out during the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). His Company had been erecting "4 small English shelters," according to its war diary which goes on to record "Killed: 2 OR [Other Ranks] Wounded: 3 OR (since died)." William was 39 and is buried at Duhallow ADS Cemetery, Ypres, grave I.C.26, and is remembered on Oakham's war memorial. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has his age as 41.

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  • Oakham Memorial
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  • Duhallow A.D.S. Cemetery 1
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Duhallow A.D.S Cemetery on Tuesday 12th August 2014
By Matt Steele on Wednesday 13th August '14 at 6:09pm
We visited William's grave on August 12th 2014. The inscription on his grave is worn and difficult to read.
By Catherine Steele on Sunday 17th August '14 at 12:11pm
4 images Some pictures of Mr Moody’s headstone, taken 19 April 2015.
By John Stokes on Monday 20th April '15 at 8:04pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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