Private Charles John Moag


Charles John Moag was born on 18 October 1891 at Rathgael Farm, Bangor, County Down, the eleventh of fourteen children of farmer John Moag and his wife Sarah (née Dawson). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at Rathgael with his parents, four of his seven surviving siblings, and a niece, and working as a draper.

Moag enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 25 May 1915 (No.1616 – later Corps of Hussars No.71472). He trained at the regiment's Antrim reserve depot before embarking for France sometime between 1916 and 1918, possibly with E Squadron on 11 January 1916.

In May 1916 E Squadron came together with A and D Squadrons to form the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment, serving as corps cavalry to VII, XIX, then V Corps until February-March 1918, when the regiment was dismounted and converted to a cyclist unit, serving as corps cyclists to V Corps until the end of the war.

Moag remained with the regiment throughout the war. On 13 March 1919 he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.

Moag emigrated to Australia on 18 January 1920. However he returned to live in Northern Ireland eight years later. On 20 August 1930 he married Margaret Dunlop Graham. By 1969 they were living in Hazeldene Avenue, Bangor. He died on 22 January that year and was buried in the Bangor Cemetery.