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Fred MOSS

Lance Corporal 8427 Fred MOSS of 12th Bn., Lancashire Fusiliers

Died of Suffocation Saturday 19th January 1918, Salonika, Greece, age 35

Of:59 Syddall Street, Hyde, Cheshire
Born:1883, Hyde, Cheshire
Parents:Mary Jane Moss and Thomas Moss of 143 Manchester Road, Hyde, Cheshire
Marital status:Married to Martha Moss (née Wilde) of 233 Market Street, Hyde, Cheshire
Occupation:Cloth Looker, Cotton Mill
He enlisted in:Manchester, Lancashire
Remembered on:Grave/Panel 1348 of the memorial in Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery, Greece
Link with Hyde:Born in Hyde

Notes:War Death Record says: born in Salford.

He was Captain of St. George's Church Lads Brigade, and a member of the Denton Original Band.

Medal and Award Rolls, 1914 - 1920 States: Died of Suffocation, Balkans, 19-1-18.

Earlier, when writing home from Le Havre hospital on May 5th 1915 he said:-
  “Our division is at a place called Ypres. On Sunday last the Germans filled our trenches with gases (poisonous), and we all had to run for it. It happened about five o clock in the afternoon, so that as we left the trenches it was daylight and they played on us with machine guns and heavy shell fire. There were plenty of us hit, and if anyone was hit, and could not walk, they die of fumes. We left two or three wounded in the trenches waiting till night time to be taken to hospital. No one could help them, so they would die in the trenches when the gas reached them.

I saw our doctor and my company officer leaving the trenches, and making a run for it; the Captain shouting - “Every men take care of himself, and get away,” I am pleased to say I was not hit, but I got a lot of poisonous gas on my stomach. We went to our doctor when we found our direction in the village. Some soldiers died on the way. Some of us have been sent down to the base at Le Havre. It has knocked the stuffing out of us. I have been here eight months and they have not done it before. I call it poor fighting. They did the Canadians the same way. It was impossible to stand it in the trenches while the gas was in the air. I am doing very well in hospital. Twelve of us came here, but one died in the night, and two or three can hardly speak yet. I am not so bad as that yet.”
  North Cheshire Herald May 15th 1915, Page 8, Column 4 and 5