MOSS, Isaac

No.23685, Private, Isaac MOSS
Aged 37

2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Monday, 13th November 1916

Isaac Moss was born in Gazeley (Newmarket Q2-1879 3B:561), baptised in Gazeley (All Saints) on 11th May 1879, son of Isaac and Maria MOSS (née KILDY).

1881 census...Aged 2, he was at Mill Road, Gazeley, with his father Isaac MOSS [35] farm labourer; his mother Maria [25] and brother Alexander [4 months]. They were all born in Gazeley except his mother who in the following census was recorded as born in Colchester.

1891 census...Aged 12, he was at Mill Road, Gazeley, with his widowed mother Maria; his brothers Alexander [10] and Alfred [8] and sister Rosaline [6]. All the children were born in Gazeley. Also there were lodgers Elizabeth SWAN [25] and her children Gertrude [4] and Theodore [2]. His father had died earlier that year and his mother married Edward BILLIMORE in Q4 that year

1901 census...Aged 22, a farm labourer, he was still at Mill Road, Gazeley with his mother, step father Edward BILLIMORE [45] horse keeper, born Gazeley, and his brothers Alfred (farm labourer) and Alexander (platelayer) and a boarder, Robert OUTLAN [35] labourer, born Gazeley.

1911 census...Aged 32, single, a farm labourer, he was with his mother at Mill Road, Gazeley with his stepfather Edward BILLIMORE and sister Rosalie.

His younger brother, Alfred died in France in 1917 see here

He enlisted in Newmarket.
The 2nd Suffolk moved into the area behind Serre in the middle of October. The weather prevented any large scale operations for some time, but eventually they were ordered into their assembly positions, across open the open such was the state of the trenches. At 05:00 on the 13th November they floundered forward into No Man's Land, a sea of mud, movement being almost impossible. The mist, added to the smoke from the barrage, made direction very difficult to maintain and within a short time all the officers in the leading companies had fallen, and little progress had been made. In spite of the conditions, some leading Suffolk companies did reach the German second line, but in vain as they were forced to return to their original front line, waiting there the rest of the day before marching back to Courcelles the next morning.

CWGC records 82 killed, of which 37 have no known grave.

Isaac Moss is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, pier and face 1C and 2A.

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