James Henry Moores, Private 4678, 8th Battalion, Manchester Regt
Died 20th June 1917 in Macclesfield, England, aged 26
James Henry Moores was baptised on 20 August 1890 at St Paul’s Church, Macclesfield, the son of Margaret and Samuel Moores, a mill piecer of 14 Mill’s Croft, Macclesfield. In 1891, nine-month-old James was living at that address with his parents and siblings Nathaniel (10), Mary E (9), Sarah A (8), and Clara (4). By 1901 the family had moved to 19 Allen Street, and another move took place before the 1911 census, to 34 Water Street, where twenty-year-old James, employed as a clogger, was living with his parents and younger sisters.
James married Betsy Burgess at the Congregational Chapel, Park Green, Macclesfield on 3 October 1913. The couple lived at 25 White Street and had a son, Hedley Bramwell, the following summer.
James enlisted with the Manchester Territorials at Ardwick on 25 September 1915. His service records survive and show that he was employed as a clogger, lived at 25 White Street, Macclesfield and was married with one child. He was described as 5 feet 3½ inches tall and weighed 114 pounds, with a 30 inch chest. He had grey-green eyes, dark brown hair and a dark complexion, and stated that his religion was Salvation Army.
It seems likely that James was not a well man when he enlisted, as his service papers were annotated “Fit for Home Service”, implying that he was not considered fit enough to serve overseas. Perhaps he joined the Manchester Territorials because the local Cheshire Regiment would not accept him.
James was sent for training, and was discharged as unfit for further service at Witley Camp, Wilford, Surrey on 2 June 1916, nine months after his enlistment. The cause was recorded as “VDH”, or valvular disease of the heart, which originated in Macclesfield in 1910, and was not the result of or aggravated by his military service.
James died on 20 June 1917; the cause of death is not known.
Private James Moores is buried in grave ref. X. 15253 in Macclesfield Cemetery. His death was not war-related (he died a year after his discharge from the Army) and so he is not included on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website. He is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births, Marriages
Census (England & Wales): 1891, 1911
Cheshire Parish Baptism Registers (FindMyPast): St Paul’s Church, Macclesfield
WWI British Army Service Records 1914-1920
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website