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Frederick Walter Moore

Credit for this entry to:
Andrew Behan.

Frederick Walter Moore

Person  Male  Born 25/6/1905  Died 19/3/1941

Fireman killed as a result of an air raid on Plaistow Road, E15 on 19 March 1941.

Frederick Walter Moore was born on 25 June 1905 in Leyton, Essex, a son of Kenelm Frederick Moore (1878-1969) and Alice Moore née Barnett (b.1881). His father was a Pianoforte Key Maker and a Freeman of the City of London. The 1911 census shows him living at 124 Vicarage Road, Leyton, with his parents and two surviving siblings: Arthur James Barnett Moore (1907-1978) and Ivy Alice Moore (1909-2013). The census shows that his parents had another child who unfortunately had died. Another sibling, Evelyn Mildred Moore was born 14 May 1913.

During World War One his father served in the 12th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, service number 4996, entering France on 1 September 1915 where as a Corporal he was awarded a Military Medal and, eventually rose to the rank of Serjeant. He was was transferred to the Labour Corps, service number 418463, and was awarded the 1914-1915 Star, the British War Medal 1914-1915 and the Victory Medal. 

In 1939 his parents were shown on the electoral register with a business premises qualification at 276 Pitfield Street, Shoreditch, but their residence was recorded as 19 Chestnut Avenue, West Wickham, Kent.

The 1939 England and Wales register shows him as a single man at the Coney Hall Auxiliary Fire Station, West Wickham, Kent and lists his occupation as Coach Builder Commercial. He later moved to 22 Limes Avenue, Carshalton, Surrey, whilst his parents were living at 34 Carshalton Park Road, Carshalton.

He was killed, aged 35 years, on 19 March 1941, together with four other colleagues who were aboard a pump, one of a convoy, that was travelling to a fire in Silvertown and that was obliterated in a land-mine explosion in Plaistow Road, West Ham. He and his four colleagues were buried in a communal grave in St John the Baptist Churchyard, Layhams Road, West Wickham. Probate was granted to his father and his estate totalled £250-4s-5d.

He is also commemorated in the Civilian War Dead Roll of Honour 1939-1945 located outside St George's Chapel at the west end of Westminster Abbey. This incorrectly shows his address as 22 Lawrence Avenue, Carshalton, Surrey, an address that has never existed. His correct address, as confirmed from probate records, was 22 Limes Avenue, Carshalton. His name is also shown on the National Firefighters Memorial, Sermon Lane, London, EC4 and in the Firefighters Memorial Trust's Book of Remembrance.

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