• Christina Drummond

Major John O’Hara Moore, 55th Field Company, the Royal Engineers


Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1914, Major John O’Hara Moore, 55th Field Company, the Royal Engineers, died at Wimereux in France from wounds received ten days earlier on the Western Front.

The son of a barrister, he was educated at Cheltenham College and attended the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich, where he became Senior Under Officer and was presented with the Sword of Honour. He obtained a commission with the Royal Engineers in 1896, achieving the rank of Captain in 1905. For the following three years he served as Adjutant for Musketry at the School of Military Engineering at Chatham, and then went on to serve in South Africa.

At the outbreak of the Great War Major Moore returned to his company and went with them to Flanders, being promoted to Major a few weeks later. During an attack on the German trenches on the 18th of December he was grievously wounded and died ten days later. He was considered “exceedingly popular with all who knew him, both officers and men”. He is buried in the Wimereux Communal Cemetery at Pas de Calais in France.

John, from Wimborne in Dorset, was 37 years old.

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