Eric Cross Arnold Runnels-Moss was a pupil at Oakham School between 1913 and 1917 before enlisting with the Royal Field Artillery, 2nd Brigade. He was one of the dozen pupils at the school who were the sons of vicars and died in the First World War. His parents were the Reverend Arthur and Emily Runnels-Moss who lived in Ladywood Vicarage in Edgbaston in Birmingham. Eric died of his wounds while a prisoner of war in Germany on 9 July 1918 at the Fortress Hospital in Mainz after being captured on the 21 March 1918 during the first day of the big German Spring Offensive near Lagnicourt. He was 20 and is now buried in Niederzwehren Cemetery at Kassel in Germany, grave III.H.3, and is remembered in Oakham School Chapel. Eric had a brother who was killed in action with the Royal Flying Corps. In December 2014 Eric's medals were sold at auction for £300.
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