Private David Watson Moir


David Watson Moir was born on 27 May 1895 at 22 Castleton Park Avenue, Belfast, the fourth of six children of shipyard rivetter John Moir and his wife Isabella (nee Harris). His parents had moved to Belfast from Scotland around 1892. By 1911 he was living with his parents and four siblings at 36 Alexandra Park Avenue, Belfast, and working as an apprentice draughtsman.

Moir enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 27 August 1914 (No.1041 – later Corps of Hussars No.71210). On 20 January 1915 he embarked for France with a small draft of reinforcements, where he was posted to C Squadron.

In September 1916 he fell ill with suspected dysentery. He was hospitalised, and most likely was evacuated to England. Whether he saw any further service overseas is not known at present.

On 6 January 1919 Moir was discharged as 'surplus to military requirements, not having suffered impairment since entry into the service' (Paragraph 392 xxv(a) King's Regulations).

At some point after the war he emigrated to the United States, settling in New York.


Moir's two brothers also served in the war: George Harris Moir in the South African Defence Forces and as a captain in the Royal Air Force, and Stewart Harris Moir, in the North Irish Horse and Royal Air Force.