James Henry Moss

Name

James Henry Moss

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

29/11/1915
34

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Sergeant
3718
Hertfordshire Regiment
1st Bn.

Awards

1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY
IV.G.20
France

UK Memorials

4 Co' Hertfordshire Reg' Territorials’ Memorial, Hitchin
St Mary's Church Roll of Honour, Hitchin
Stevenage Old Town Memorial
St Nicholas' Church Memorial, Stevenage Old Town
Holy Trinity Church Memorial Roll of Honour, Stevenage Old Town

Pre War

James was the son of James & Martha who, at the time of his birth, live at Aston End, near Stevenage. He married Susan Fanny Moss Taplin in 1904 and they were the first couple to be married at the Bunyan church in the High Street. The couple later lived at 8 Venables Yard, Church Path, Stevenage, with their three children, James, Violet & Daisy.

Wartime Service

He was posted to France on the 16th February 1915. The Hertfords were in the vicinity of Bethune and spent the time in the front line, on reliefs and in billets, with shelling, sniping, snow, mud and rain creating a steady toll of casualties. On the 29th November 1915, James returned from a long march with his company to their billets in an orphanage in Bethune, and he soon fell asleep. Sadly, he did not wake up and it is believed he died as a result of heart failure. James is buried in the Bethune Town Cemetery, France.

Additional Information

His brother Reginald was killed on the Somme nearly a year later.

Acknowledgments

Adrian Dunne, David C Baines, Jonty Wild, Paul Johnson