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James MOFFATT

Male 1884 - 1915  (~ 30 years)


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  • Name James MOFFATT 
    Gender Male 
    Born June 1884  Birkenhead, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Birkenhead June 1884 8a 501
    Census 1891  4 Barnston Street, Birkenhead, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1911  Nowshera, Punjab, India Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Military duties
    Residence about 1912  Burma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 25 February 1915  Guise, Aisne, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Collective Grave, Guise Communal Cemetery (CWGC)
    Person ID I32896  Clan Moffat UK
    Last Modified 4 October 2017 

    Father Matthew MOFFATT,   b. 1855, Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. June 1915, Birkenhead, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Mother Ellen BIRD,   b. March 1855, Oxton, Birkenhead, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. March 1891, Birkenhead, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 36 years) 
    Family ID F8213  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Lance Corporal, Royal Munster Fusiliers, Nr 7925. Five soldiers from the Munsters and a 15th Hussar evaded capture at Étreux and were hidden by French civilians in the village of Iron, near Guise, along with 5 Connaught Rangers, separated from their battalion at Le Grand Fayt on 26th August 1914. On 22nd February 1915, these soldiers were betrayed to the German garrison and taken prisoner. After a summary trial, the 11 British soldiers with M. Chalandre, who had hidden them in his farm, were shot in the grounds of the chateau at Guise on 25th February 1915. The houses of French civilians who were considered to have assisted the British soldiers were burnt and a number of French civilians were given lengthy prison sentences. The soldiers were Lance Corporal Moffatt and Privates Buckley, Horgan, Innocent and Nash of the 2nd Royal Munster Fusiliers, Lance Corporal Stent of the 15th (King’s) Hussars and Privates Howard, Murphy, Thompson, Walsh and Wilson of 2nd Connaught Rangers from 5th Brigade. A memorial to the 11 British soldiers and the French civilian, shot by the German Army on 22nd February 1915, was dedicated in the churchyard in Iron and a plaque placed in the grounds of Guise Chateau by various organisations including the Royal Munster Fusiliers Association and the Light Dragoons on 25th October 2011.


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