Frank Moore (c.1895-1915)
Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922
The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:
- MOORE, FRANK. Guardsman. No 8943. Scots Guards. Born Brierley Wood, Huddersfield. Son of Wilkinson Moore, 12 Proud Row, Sheepridge. Had been employed as a number-taker at Low Moor Station, Bradford, but, prior to enlisting, worked at Messrs Hopkinsons of Birkby. Embarked for France on 18.12.1914. Killed in action at Givenchy, 2.6.1915, aged 20. Has no known grave. Commemorated LE TOURET MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
- His last letter from the trenches, which is dated May 24th, 1915, to his father, reads as follows, 'I was in the trenches not long ago when one night we were getting relieved. We had been putting the West Yorkshires through trench work a bit as they had not been in the trenches before and I happened to come across some of my old friends from Bradford, Leeds and Huddersfield. Well it happened that they were relieving us and I laughed my sides sore that night. To begin with there was the first platoon coming up the communication trench. At that time it was dry compared with what it had been. One of the men slipped off the board and went up to the knees in water. He started, 'Tha wants a pair of bathing drawers on here. It's more like water works!' Of course I knew who it was. These were the Leeds Rifles (West Yorkshires). There were some Huddersfield fellows in the West Ridings. They were billeted in the next town to us. I had a walk as far and I came across several of my old friends there. It is about a fortnight since the Leeds Rifles were in their first engagement and our Battalion was the first to go over the top. They proved which were the best soldiers. They took the first line of trenches, smoking cigarettes and pipes. You could see them puffing away as they doubled from our trench to the enemy trench. They did not lose very heavily in taking the first trench but I am sorry to say they did afterwards. Well one of the West Yorkshires' Sergeants saw them going over and they stuck together and I heard him say 'If we are needed you must do it like the Scots Guards did it and we shall not be far out.' They were all anxious to have a pop at the Huns but I don't think they got a chance. They were willing and that was good enough. I think they will all be the same who come from Yorkshire.'