John Leeson Moffet


John Leeson Moffet


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Second Lieutenant
Royal Scots Fusiliers
3rd Bn. attached 2nd Bn.


1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals


Plot IX, Row C, Grave 30.


>Not Researched

UK Memorials

Watford Borough Roll of Honour,
Watford Grammar School Memorial,
Watford Grammar School Book of Remembrance,
Wesleyan Methodist (now Bushey & Oxhey) Church Memorial, Oxhey

Pre War

Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Ann (nee LEESON) MOFFET of Watford.

His parents married 1887 in the Watford district.  Elizabeth died 3 February 1927 in Watford aged 68, and was buried 7 February in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford.  Thomas remarried 1928 in the Watford district to Lilian Maud CANACOTT; he died 3 March 1938 in Watford aged 77, and was buried 7 March, also in Vicarage Road Cemetery.  Lilian died 12 September 1951 in Watford aged 64.

John was born 17 May 1888 in Watford, and attended Watford Grammar School from September 1896 to July 1903.  He was further educated at the City & Guilds of London Technical College, Finsbury, London, and Manchester University where he gained a B.Sc (Hons), A.M.I.E.E.

He has an entry in the National Probate Calendar.

On the 1891 Census, aged 2 he lived in Watford, with his parents and no siblings.  On the 1901 Census, aged 12 he still lived in Watford, with his parents and one sibling.  On the 1911 Census, an electrical draughtsman aged 22, he was a boarder in Horwich, Lancs.

Wartime Service

He enlisted in August 1914 and applied for a commission 11 August 1914, having left Manchester University O.T.C. as Sergeant, aged 20, 5’10” tall, with poor teeth!  

He applied to be posted to the Royal Flying Corps 8 December 1914 [but presumably this never happened].  

He was killed in action early in an advance at Neuve Chapelle by a shrapnel shell.  He was originally buried at Neuve Chapelle; the body was re-interred at Windy Corner in 1920.

He was entitled to the Victory, British War and 1914-15 Star medals, his qualifying date being 27 January 1915; the medals were sent to his mother of Watford.  

Additional Information

There are articles about John in the Watford Illustrated dated 27 March 1915; and the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 13 March 1915, 20 March 1915, 10 April 1915 and 10 July 1915.

John is also commemorated on his parent's grave in Vicarage Road Cemetery.

Is featured in the De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour.


Dianne Payne -, Jonty Wild, Sue Carter (Research) and Watford Museum (ROH on line via