Private Mark Moore

Private Mark Moore

Thank you to Jane Anthony for this research.

Mark Moore was born in about 1888 in Abinger, although the family lived mostly at Mayes Green near Capel to Alfred and Alice. His father, Alfred was a farm labourer.

They had eleven children of whom all were still living in 1911. At that time Mark was living in Mayes Green with his mother Alice, now widowed, and seven of his siblings. He was the second son and like his father worked as an agricultural labourer.

He enlisted in the 3rd Royal Marine Battalion (RN Division) the Royal Marine Light Infantry. After a period of lengthy training the division was moved to Egypt preparatory to the Gallipoli campaign, where they suffered substantial losses and very few men with sea-going experience remained. Subsequently The Division transferred from the authority of the Admiralty to the War Office on 29th April 1916 and was relaunched as the 63rd (Royal Naval) Division on 19th July 1916. The Division moved to France, arriving in Marseilles over 12th-23th May 1916, after which it remained on the Western Front for the rest of the war. However, it would appear that Mark Moore did not go to France with the rest of his Battalion but remained in the Eastern Mediterranean.

He died of encephalitis and meningitis on 17th February 1918 and is buried at East Mudros Military Cemetery which is on the Greek island of Limnos (Lemnos) in the north-east Aegean Sea.

Because of its position, the island of Lemnos played an important part in the campaigns against Turkey during the First World War. It was occupied by a force of marines on 23rd February 1915 in preparation for the military attack on Gallipoli, and Mudros became a considerable Allied camp. The 1st and 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospitals, the 3rd Australian General Hospital and other medical units were stationed on both sides of Mudros Bay and a considerable Egyptian Labour Corps detachment was employed. After the evacuation of Gallipoli, a garrison remained on the island and the 1st Royal Naval Brigade was on Lemnos, Imbros and Tenedos for the first few months of 1916.
Mark Moore is commemorated on the Abinger, Okewood Hill and Forest Green memorials.

Born                            Abinger, Surrey
Lived                           Capel, Surrey

Son of                         Alfred and Alice Moore

Regiment                     3rd Royal Battalion. Royal Naval Division. Royal Marine Light Infantry
Number                       PO/1507

Date of Death              17th February 1918
Place of Death             Lemnos, Greece
Cause of Death           Died of Meningitis

Age                              30

Cemetery                     East Mudros Military Cemetery