Henderson Moore

Name:   Henderson Moore
Nationality:   United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service:   Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Unit Text:   10th Bn.
Age:   19
Born:   Bellaghy
Enlisted:   Moneymore
Date of Death:   10/03/1916
Service No:   24273
Casualty Type:   Commonwealth War Dead. KIA.
Grave/Memorial Ref:   C. 42.
Cemetery:   Authuile Military Cemetery, Somme, France
Additional information:   Son of William Moore, Ballymacombs, Bellaghy. Listed on the memorial in Bellaghy Presbyterian Church. Henderson Moore lived and worked in Moneymore for Mr. W. Hunter at Turnaface for about 5 years and was member of Moneymore Company of Ulster Volunteers before enlisting with the 10th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in Moneymore, in June 1915. On the cold Friday morning of March 10th 1916, the 10th Inniskillings were posted at Thiepval Wood. Some of the men were posted to ‘saps’ which were small dugouts, well camouflaged just beyond their front line trench. The enemy had spotted movement early that day and had trained their mortars and artillery on the Inniskilling positions. In the afternoon the 10th Battalion was strafed with shells and again later in the day. The enemy bombardment lifted at 1.30 am the next morning. 7 men of the 10th Inniskillings were killed in action or died of wounds as a result of this attack, including Henderson Moore who was struck by shell shrapnel. He was buried on Saturday morning 11th March in Authuille Military Cemetery, France, in grave C 42. He is commemorated on Moneymore War Memorial (Assembly Rooms). Soon after Henderson Moore’s death, the Reverend J. Jackson Wright, B.A. Chaplain to the 36th Ulster Division wrote a letter to the Reverend T. McCrea of Bellaghy, explaining the circumstances of Private Moore’s death and extended sympathy to his family.

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