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Biographies of OLs Lost in World War II

Frederick Martin Moore 1916-1944

FRED was born into a family of 10 children on 13th October 1916. He was baptised in Southover church on 29th April 1917. He attended Southover school and sang in the church choir. He then went to the Lewes Central School and won a scholarship to Uckfield Grammer School, where he remained until LCGS opened. He was one of the original pupils and helped to dig the rather large hole which became the swimming pool, all good practice for a would be sapper. His main interest was scouting, becoming assistant scoutmaster of 1st Lewes troop.

Upon leaving LCGS, he joined WH Smith & Son at Lewes and intended making a career with them. He was later promoted to a position in London, where he remained until being called up in May 1940.

He married his childhood sweetheart at Southover church in November 1940 and in 1942 was posted to North Africa. He was involved in the allied landings in Sicily and then moved on into Italy.

On the night of 29/30th September 1944, Fred was on guard duty at his unit H.Q. when it was heavily shelled. He was badly wounded by shrapnel and was taken to hospital, where he remained fully conscious for 48 hours. His last words before passing away were. "I'll soon be back. Cheerio".

His widow received the news of his death on what would have been his 28th birthday. He is buried in a war cemetery overlooking the Adriatic. His widow Alma did not remarry for some 25 years. She lived happily in retirement in Hove until approx 2014. Fred did not have any children.
Peter Fellows (nephew of Fred)