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MOULEs in the Army

We have found three men on our MOULE tree; George MOULE [6907], John Thomas MOULE [7022] and Charles Alfred MOULE [28711] who have served in the army.

 They are all descended from William MOULE [8314] and Anne CORBETT [8315] and are shown on our outline descent. <see here>

George MOULE [6907] was the son of William MOULE [5373] and Susannah née ROSTINS. William was the son of William MOULE [5373] and Ann née WILKS [7338] on our direct line and Susannah was the daughter of Samuel ROSTINS [5367] and Mary née HARRIS [5368] on our direct line.

George attested for the 7th Regiment of Foot at Worcester in the County of Worcester on the 16th of October 1811, at the age of eighteen and said he was born in the Parish of Ombersley in the County of Worcester by trade a Labourer. He was finally discharged as a private on 10th July 1833 after 21years 269days service at his own request with a pension of 10 pence per diem. He had served in France with the Army of Occupation and four years in the Mediterranean. The Regimental Board was of the opinion that his conduct had been very good. He was described as being aged 40, height 5’ 10” with grey eyes, fair hair and a light complexion and intended to reside at Hull in Yorkshire.

While in the army he married Mary FENNER on 15 July 1823 in St Nicholas, Brighton. Mary probably went with the regiment and they had three children; John 1824 born either at sea or in Chatham and baptised in Chatham 9 May 1824, Ellen born 1825 in Edinburgh and George Henry baptised 8 December 1829 and buried 29 January 1830 in Drypool, Yorkshire. As Mary was buried 9 January 1830 in Drypool, before the burial of her son, her death was probability due to childbirth. The barracks were in the Citadel built on the site of Hull Castle in the village of Drypool.

He married the widow Frances SMITH née BRADLEY on 2 March on 1831 and they had two children George baptised 23 January 1832 and Fanny baptised 19 January 1836 in Drypool.

In 1841 George 45 was living in Wentworth St, Drypool, a labourer who was not born in the county. With him was his wife Fanny, their children George and Fanny and Fanny’s children James and Mary. His children , John and Ellen, from his first marriage were in Ombersley.

Frances died in April 1848 and was buried in Drypool. George married Ann ROADHOUSE widow of George WARD on the 1st January 1849 in All Saints, Sculcoates, Yorkshire.

By 1851 he had moved to 27 Dock St, Sculcoates. George MOLE 55 a laborer (sic) from Hombesley <Ombersley> was with wife Ann and her son George WARD.

George died on the 18th June 1865 and Ann in the September quarter of 1857 both in Sculcoates.

John MOLE [5400] [5400], the first son of George, married Mary MANNS [5401] in Ombersley on 2 November 1847. They were at the same farm of William BOSSON in Northampton, Ombersley in 1841. They had five children in Ombersley where he worked as an agricultural labourer.

Their first son William MOULE [5395] married Harriet ROSTINS [5394] in Ombersley on 9 September 1878. They had nine children in Ombersley and Hartlebury where he worked as an agricultural or farm labourer.

John Thomas MOULE [7022] born 1893 in Hartlebury, Worcestershire was a son of William MOULE and Harriet ROSTINS and a great grand son of George MOULE above. He served in the R.A.S.C. from 13 Jan 1915 to 30 Apr 1919, serving in France, Flanders, Gallipoli and the Somme.

He joked that R.A.S.C. Stood for run away someone’s coming however he was in a motorised regiment of the Royal Army Service Corp keeping the front line troops supplied.

Prior to 1918 it was the A.S.C.(Army Service Corps) with the nick name Ali Sloper’s Cavalry.

John Thomas MOULE on the left

Photograph kindly submitted by a Grandson of John Thomas MOULE, Brian Stanley


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John Thomas MOULE [7022] born 1893 in Hartlebury, Worcestershire was a son of William MOULE and Harriet ROSTINS and a great grand son of George MOULE above. He served in the R.A.S.C. from 13 Jan 1915 to 30 Apr 1919, serving in France, Flanders, Gallipoli and the Somme.

He joked that R.A.S.C. Stood for run away someone’s coming however he was in a motorised regiment of the Royal Army Service Corp keeping the front line troops supplied.

Prior to 1918 it was the A.S.C.(Army Service Corps) with the nick name Ali Sloper’s Cavalry.

Charles Alfred MOULE [28711] is 1st cousin 3 times removed of George MOULE [6907] and 4th cousin of John Thomas MOULE [7022]. He was the middle child of Joseph MOULE [28705] and Rebecca Alexina Jane ROWEN [28720] born in Westminster in 1843. In 1891 he was in Holborn with his parents and his occupation was given as printer, which meant he worked at a printers but not necessarily a printer. When he married Gertrude Elizabeth COLLIER in 1897 in the Church of St Philip, Clerkenwell he was a carman <carter>. By 1901 he had moved to St Pancras and was living with his wife Gertrude E, and son Charles E. He had also changed his occupation to engineer’s labourer. In 1911 he, with his wife, Gertrude, his children (Charles Edward, George, Edward and Gertrude) and brother in law, Edward COLLIER occupied five rooms in Wood Green. Charles and Gertrude had been married 14 years and had seven children born alive, four were still alive and three had died. He was then a lift attendant at a printing works.

On his attestation at Plumstead on 11 Aug 1914 printer’s assistant he said he had previously served in the 1st Tower Hamlets ASC London Division Territorial Force and the 1st Tower Hamlets, London Irish Rifles. During his time with these units he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and award the Territorial Force Efficiency Medal for over 12 years service. He was discharged in consequence of enlisting in the 28th Divisional Train ASC Regular Army after 121 days service.

When he attested on 9 Dec 1914 he was a fitter’s mate with Dryden & Ford, Oakley St, Waterloo Rd, London. This was probably a printing firm because he was in the Printer’s Association.

On his attestation he was promoted to Lance Corporal and joined 170 Company ASC. This was one of the originally pre-war Horse Transport Companies of 1st London Divisions. It moved to the 28th Divisional Train in December 1914. Each Division of the army had a certain amount of transport under its own command, known as the Divisional Train. It was the ‘workhorse' the Division in terms of carrying stores and supplies, providing the main supply line to brigades of infantry and artillery and other attached units. The 28th was formed at Hursley, Pitt Hill and Magdalen Hill Camps near Winchester in December 1914 – January 1915 and was rushed as a much needed reinforcement to France. Shortage of some types of units were filled by Territorial units taken from other Divisions. The units of the Division embarked at Southampton and landed at Le Havre on 16-19 January 1915 and then moved to concentrate in the area between Bailleul and Hazebrouck.

Charles’s record shows was in the Expeditionary Force and went to France on 15 Jan 1915. While in France he was appointed acting corporal on 1 March 1915 and returned to UK on 27 March 1915.

Back in UK he was posted to the 662 Coy Reserve Depot, based at Park Royal, London not far from his home in Wood Green. Charles was severely reprimanded twice and admonished once for being absent.

Charles embarked on the H.T. “Centurion” at Devonport on 26 Jan 1916 and disembarked in Salonica, Greece on 11 February and joined the 34th Reserve Park. At Hadji Branton, Corporal Moule was severely reprimanded for when on convoy duty proceeding to camp with wagons contrary to orders. He was admitted to hospital with Pyrexia <fever> between 18 and 24 September, returning to duty on 6 October.

On 6 February the following year he was the Regimental Orderly Sergeant for that day and Acting Sergeant Major. He was responsible to see that the horses were fed in the morning but he was late and was reprimanded for neglect of duty. While acting sergeant on 4 March and was severely reprimanded for neglect of duty for not rousing the section sergeant at reveille and not handing over duties in the proper manner.

On 30 March 1917 Charles was admitted to hospital with malaria then on 11 April he was discharged to the 2 convalescent deport and rejoined the unit on 19 April. His malaria returned in March 1918 and was admitted to 63 General Hospital, transferred to 29 General Hospital and Convalescent Depots before preceding to UK under the Y Scheme. The so-called Y scheme set up by Ronald Ross to repatriate men who were too debilitated by malaria to serve the following summer. The plan was to remain secret in order to conceal the severe health conditions of the British troops in Macedonia from the British public. More than 25,000 men were repatriated from Salonica via a newly opened overland route to Itea and from there to the Italian port of Taranto. Charles followed this route embarking at Itea on 21 May and disembarking at Southampton from the “SS South Western Miller” on 6 June 1918. On the Causality form was written -  “Note Malaria case – not available for a theatre of war where Malaria is prevalent”. This quote on the subject which is very appropriate, "So it was that the famous "Y" scheme was brought into operation, by which all chronic malaria patients were sent home. It was the subject of innumerable quips and jokes among the men, but was all the same the echo of a very grim and serious business. Under this scheme, in the ten months of January to October, 1918, nearly thirty thousand men were sent home. They were not the victims of shrapnel or bayonet or high-explosive (although many carried their wound stripes also), but none the less they were men broken in the wars."

Back in the UK he join the 662 Coy at Park Royal. Corporal Charles Moule was attending hospital in September 1918 but went absent for three days and was severely reprimanded. He went absent again in October but this time he was tried by District Court Marshall and sentenced to be reduced to the ranks and to undergo detention for 28 days. The sentence was confirmed but the award of detention remitted.

On 1 Nov 1918 he was posted to 537 Coy ASC in Fermoy and was transferred to Class “Z” Army Reserve on demobilization on 24 Aug 1919 which meant he could return to civilian life but with an obligation to return if called upon. At a medical examination prior to discharge he complained of malaria every three weeks. The examining medical officer’s diagnosis was that he was suffering was malaria which was “Attributable to Service during the present war” and the degree of disability was assessed at 30%.

At a Medical Board  in Chelsea on 22 January 1920 Charles was complaining of malaria, having monthly attacks since demob and pain and weakness in right arm due to accident 1918. The board found his general condition good and he was well nourished; he had less than 20% disability due to the malaria but no disability in his arm. It was recommended he had treatment at a tropical diseases clinic as an  out patient. With further medical examinations and pension boards he was given a pension of varying amounts until 22 February 1921.

On 8 January 1930 Charles was working as a labourer on the Olympia extension building (which became known as The Empire Hall and is now Olympia Central). He, with another labourer, were wheeling an iron barrow along a plank when they fell 18 feet through an opening to the third floor. They were taken to West London Hospital, where Charles Moule, 53, of Adelaide-road, Shepherd’Bush, died from his injuries. At the inquest held at Hammersmith the jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death”.

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