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Henry Bell MOFFAT

Male 1893 - 1917  (23 years)


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  • Name Henry Bell MOFFAT 
    Gender Male 
    Born 3 October 1893  Dearham, Cumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Cockermouth Dec 1893 10b 599
    Census 1901  Townhead, Dearham, Cumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1911  West End Farm, Bullgill, Gilcrux, Cumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Emigration May 1913  Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 15 May 1917  Vimy Ridge, Etaples, Pas de Calais, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Cemetery reference: XVIII. N. 5.
    Person ID I7281  Clan Moffat UK
    Last Modified 24 January 2018 

    Father John MOFFAT,   b. June 1862, Dearham, Cumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. June 1918, Cockermouth, Cumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years) 
    Mother Jane STENSON,   b. 18 October 1863, Greysouthen, Cumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. March 1943, Cockermouth, Cumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Family ID F1701  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • 28th Batallion, Saskatchewan Regiment, Canadian Infantry, Service Number 781738. Etaples is a town about 27 kilometres south of Boulogne. The Military Cemetery is to the north of the town, on the west side of the road to Boulogne. Also commemorated in the Canadian Virtual War Memorial p 295 (Harry Moffatt), and on the War Memorial at Paddle School, Eaglesfield, Cumbria (H. B. Moffat). Henry Bell Moffat was born on 30 October 1893, registered at Cockermouth. Walter Head discovered that he was a private in the Canadian Infantry when he was killed on 15 May 1917 aged 23. Henry was the son of John Moffat, a coal hewer and Jane his wife. They were at Dearham in 1901, but had moved to West End Farm, Gilcrux by 1911 where the family was engaged in farming. Henry's passage to Canada in May 1913 has been identified. He was listed as a steerage passenger on the SS Teutonic, on its way to Quebec City. Henry was on his own, a single man who claimed to have been farming for six years and to be looking for work as a farmer. He gave his religion as Wesleyan. Henry enlisted in the 28th battalion, Canadian Infantry, Saskatchewan Regiment. The date is not known but that record included his date of birth. He named his parents John & Jane Moffat of Springfield Farm, Cockermouth (Greysouthen) as his next of kin. Henry died on 15 May 1917 aged 23. The daily casualty list of 4 June 1917 records that he had previously been reported wounded, but was now reported 'died of wounds'. He was buried at Etaples Military Cemetery. The various Saskatchewen battalions were assembled at Valcartier Camp near Quebec City, then embarked for Britain and a few months' further training before joining other Canadian units fighting in the trenches in Flanders. The various battles that the Saskatchewen Regiment was engaged in are listed on a Canadian website and judging by the date of Henry's death, it seems likely that he was killed in the Vimy Ridge battle - described here from the same website 'Canadian troops took over the front line at Vimy Ridge during the winter of 1916. After training and rehearsal, they began heavy bombardment on 20 March 1917. Artillery fire continued for days before the Canadian infantry divisions attacked the ridge on Easter Monday 9 April, gaining control 3 days later. ("Paddle School's Roll of Honour", Sandra Shaw, The Journal of Lorton & Derwent Fells Local History Society, Nr 57, Feb 2016)



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