1885 - 1916
CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916
Lce-Corpl John Joseph Nickle
1894 - 1916
Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
Cpl 17254 Albert James Moore
- Age: 24
- From: Liverpool
- Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 18th Btn
- K.I.A Saturday 8th December 1917
- Commemorated at: Bedford House Cem Encl 4
Panel Ref: II.F.6
The 1901 Census finds the family living at 26 Pickering Street, Everton - Parents Albert Richard and Ann Jane with son Albert J.
Albert's mother Anne Jane died in 1903 and his father Albert Richard re-married to Harriet Mary Rollingon the 30th July 1904 at Christ Church, Kensington, Liverpool.
The 1911 Census finds the family living at 89 Tweed Street, Liverpool. His father Albert Richard and wife Harriet Mary (Married 6 yrs) with children Albert James, Blanche, Francis Rolling and Clara Winifred. Albert James is shown as an Accounts clerk.Albert James enlisted at St George's Hall on 31st August 1914 joining the 18th Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment as Private 17254, giving his age as 20 years and 330 days and his occupation as a Clerk. He is described as being 5' 5 and a half inches tall and weighed 123lbs.
From the 23rd September 1914 he was billeted at Hooton Park Race Course and remained there until 03rd December 1914 when they moved into the hutted accommodation at Lord Derby’s estate at Knowsley Hall. On 30th April 1915 the 18th Battalion alongside the other three Pals battalions left Liverpool via Prescot Station for further training at Belton Park, Grantham. They remained here until September 1915 when they reached Larkhill Camp on Salisbury Plain. He arrived in France on 7th November 1915.He received a Good Conduct badge for two years service on 31st August 1916 and was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal in April 1917 with a further promotion to Corporal on 21st October 1917. He was attached to the 5th Army signal school between 09th August - 28th September 1917.
Albert James was killed in action on 08th December 1917 aged 24.
He now rests at Bedford House Cemetery in Belgium where his headstone bears the epitaph:
"WITH CHRIST WHICH IS FAR BETTER".
Albert James' death was reported in the Liverpool Echo 17th December 1917
DEATH – Killed in Action – MOORE – In affection memory of Corporal A. J. Moore (Signaller) KLR Dearly beloved son of A. R. and stepson of Harriet M Moore of 89 Tweed Street. Not gone from our memory, not gone from our love, But to our dear Father’s home above.
MOORE In affection memory of Corporal A.J. Moore (Signaller) killed instantly while performing his duty on Dec 8. My Hero “Sans Changer” His devoted May and all at 80 Hannan Road. Not lost but gone before.
He is also remembered 09th December 1918 in the Liverpool Echo - In Memoriam.
MOORE – In loving memory of our dear elder son Corporal Albert James Moore (Signaller 18th KLR) Killed in action Dec 8th 1917. With deep sorrow he is missed by Father, Mother, Blanch, Frank and Freda. Always dutiful, always strong and patient while showing kindness, sympathy and a quiet smile.
MOORE - In affectionate remembers of Corporal Albert James Moore 18th KLR Killed in Action Dec 8 1917. (Sans Changer). Sadly missed by his devoted May and all at 80 Hannan Road. Lips need not speak where the heart mourns sincerely, Thoughts often dwell where they seldom are seen.
Soldiers Effects and Pension to father Albert R. His personal belongings which were sent to his father in April 1918 were described as follows: cigarette case, pocket case, photographs, 9 carat ring "Mizpah", wallet, letters, watch and strap, cap badge, disc and chain, cert. from army signal school.
The ring referred to inscribed with the word "Mizpah" were popular in England in Victorian times and evidently a the turn of the 20th Century. Mizpah means "watchtower" in Hebrew and is mentioned in the biblical story of Jacob and Laban.
“Sans Changer” used by "his devoted May" is the motto displayed on the Pals cap badge. It comes directly from the family crest of Lord Derby