Second Lieutenant Thomas Herbert Moore


Thomas Herbert Moore was born on 12 January 1885 at Killygar, County Leitrim, one of ten children of National School teachers Francis Cowan Moore and his wife Anna Mary (nee Dunlop). Educated at the Enniskillen Model School and the Marlboro Training College, by the time of the 1911 Census he was living with his widowed mother and two siblings at Gartbrattan, County Cavan, and working as a National School teacher. He later lived at Ballyvaddan House, Fivemiletown, County Tyrone.

Moore enlisted in the North Irish Horse on its formation at Newbridge on 6 July 1908 (No.42), having joined its predecessor, the North of Ireland Imperial Yeomanry, on 11 February that year. He left the regiment on 10 February 1912 when his four years' service expired.

On 20 August 1914 Moore rejoined the regiment at Belfast (No.1019 – later Corps of Hussars No.71201). His enlistment papers note that he had the regimental badge tattooed on his right arm. He was promoted to lance corporal on 17 September.

Moore embarked for France with D Squadron on 1 May 1915. He remained with the squadron in France and Belgium until the end of 1917. On 25 November that year he applied for a commission in the infantry, with a preference for the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He left France for the UK a month later and after a period of time attached to the 15th Reserve Brigade, on 5 April 1918 reported for duty at No.7 Officer Cadet Battalion at Fermoy. After a period of training he was assessed as having very good education and military knowledge and good power of command and leadership. Overall he "has knowledge & ability. Should be a good officer."

Moore was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant on 25 September 1918 and posted to the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, Connaught Rangers. He was sent to France soon after, joining the 5th (Service) Battalion in the field at the end of December.

Moore was released from service on 5 April 1919. He relinquished his commission on 1 September 1921.