Private Frederick Moy


Frederick Moy was born in 1885 in Shoreditch, London, the seventh of eight children of metropolitan police officer Edwin Moy and his wife Ellen (née Larkin). By the time of the 1901 Census he was living at 14 Woodland Place, Greenwich, with his parents and two of his siblings, and working as a booking clerk for the South Eastern Railway.

Moy enlisted in the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons on 10 July 1908 (No.2199). On the outbreak of war he was serving with his regiment in Mhow, India. They embarked for France on 19 November, arriving in France the following month. It is probable that, at some point in the second half of 1915 or in early 1916, he returned to the UK, either sick or wounded.

He again embarked for France in 1916 or the first half of 1917, probably at the end of June 1916, having been posted to the headquarters establishment of the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment following the formation of that regiment in France from C and F Squadrons and the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron. The headquarters, formed in England and comprising 40 officers and men, joined the new regiment in France at the beginning of July.

The 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment served as corps cavalry to X Corps until August-September 1917, when the regiment was disbanded and its men were transferred to the Royal Irish Fusiliers, an infantry regiment. Most, including Moy, were transferred on 20 September and posted to the 9th (Service) Battalion – renamed the 9th (North Irish Horse) Battalion – joining it in the field at Ruyaulcourt five days later. Moy was issued regimental number 41166.

He probably saw action with the battalion at the Battle of Cambrai in November and December 1917.

At some point in late 1917 or during 1918 Moy was posted to the 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers. He was wounded during the Advance to Victory offensive between August and October 1918. On 6 December 1918 he was discharged, being 'no longer physically fit for war service' due to his wounds (paragraph 392 (xvi), King's Regulations).