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Alexander Logan Nathan MOFFAT

Male 1889 - 1914  (24 years)


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  • Name Alexander Logan Nathan MOFFAT 
    Gender Male 
    Born 24 November 1889  Blackpool, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Fylde Dec 1889 8e 697
    Census 1891  St Mark's House, David Place, Val Plaisant, St Helier, Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1901  50 Val Plaisant, St Helier, Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1914  Poona, India Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Brigade Signalling Officer
    Died 21 November 1914  Mesopotamia, Iraq Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Basra, Iraq Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Basra War Cemetery III.D.5. Also commemorated St Saviour's Churchyard, Jersey
    Person ID I7991  Clan Moffat UK
    Last Modified 3 December 2016 

    Father Robert Maxwell MOFFAT,   b. 13 August 1843, Annan, Dumfriesshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 December 1910, 46 David Place, St Helier, Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother Mary Ellen MEANOCK,   b. December 1852, Gravel Hole, Thornham, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 December 1935, 12 Waterloo Street, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 83 years) 
    Family ID F1849  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Lieutenant, Dorsetshire Regiment. Alexander Logan Nathan Maxwell Moffat was the third son of R. Maxwell Moffat, of Jersey and Sedmount, Dumfriesshire [by his second marriage]. He was born November 24th 1889 and entered College in 1902, leaving in 1909. He was the first Cadet Officer in the OTC. Colonel Raymer writes of him "He was the keenest cadet I ever saw. One year he walked out to CrabbĂ© Camp (seven miles) and home every day. He could not get a bike, and his people would not let him sleep out there. He always arrived in time for breakfast." He entered the army through the militia, being gazetted Second Lieutenant in the East Battalion RMIJ in 1910, and thence in the Prince of Wales's Own West Yorkshire Regiment in the same year. He joined his regiment in India, and was transferred in 1911 to the 2nd Dorsetshire Regiment. He was promoted Lieutenant in February 1914, and for a time was Brigade Signalling Officer at Poonah. He was wounded while serving with the Indian Expeditionary Force in the Persian Gulf on or about November 17th 1914 and died of his wounds. His Commanding Officer, who was himself killed shortly after, wrote "We all deplore deeply the loss of your son. He was a most promising young officer. He was severely wounded while most gallantly bringing up the machine guns (of which he had charge) to the front under heavy fire, to assist his sorely pressed comrades, and died in hospital three days later. He was buried in the desert near the bivouac after the fight, with other officers and men." During the First World War, Basra was occupied by the 6th (Poona) Division in November 1914, from which date the town became the base of the Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force. A number of cemeteries were used by the MEF in and around Basra; Makina Masul Old Cemetery was used from December 1914 to October 1916 and the Makina Masul New Extension was begun alongside the old cemetery in August 1917. These two sites, enlarged later when more than 1,000 graves were brought in from other burial grounds, now form Basra War Cemetery. The cemetery now contains 2,551 burials of the First World War, 74 of them unidentified. The headstones marking these graves were removed in 1935 when it was discovered that salts in the soil were causing them to deteriorate. The names of those buried in the graves affected are now recorded on a screen wall.



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