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Ernest Moon (1887-1917)

From West Hartlepool, killed in action at Arras with 18th Battalion DLI

Ernest Moon, the son of Robert & Mary Hannah Moon, was born in Cold Harbour, Helmsley, Yorkshire in 1887. He had a brother and a sister and the family moved to Stranton, West Hartlepool, shortly after he was born.

Ernest enlisted in the 21st Battalion Durham Light Infantry on 9 August 1915 at West Hartlepool – he had been working as an iron moulder – and the following February he married Mary Elizabeth Mowbray, with whom he had a daughter also called Mary Elizabeth. On 26 April 1916, Private Moon was transferred to the 15th Battalion DLI and landed in Boulogne the same day. On 1 July 1916 he was wounded on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and at the end of that month was transferred to the 18th (The Pals) Battalion DLI, and returned to the front two days later.

Private Moon was killed at the Battle of Arras on 3 May 1917 and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, the Durham Cathedral Book of Remembrance and five local memorials.

Civil Parish: West Hartlepool

Birth date: 1887

Death date: 3-May-1917

Armed force/civilian: Army

Residence: Auston Street, Stranton, West Hartlepool (1891 census)
4 Redworth Street, West Hartlepool (1901 census)
66 Scarborough Street, West Hartlepool (1911 census)
7 Green Street, West Hartlepool (British Army WWI Service Records 1915)
17 Alma Place, West Hartlepool (British Army WWI Service Records 1916)

Employment: Iron Moulder (1911 census & British Army WWI Service Records 1915)

Family: Father: Robert Moon
Mother: Mary Hannah Moon (nee Thompson)
Siblings: Mary & Robert William Moon
Wife: Mary Elizabeth Moon (nee Mowbray)
Children: Mary & Robert William Moon

Military service:

Enlisted in 21st Battalion Durham Light Infantry on 9 August 1915 at West Hartlepool. Later transferred to the 15th and 18th Battalions DLI
Service number 18/1732

Medal(s): British War Medal, Victory Medal

Memorial(s): Arras Memorial, Bay 8
Durham Cathedral Book of Remembrance
Christ Church, West Hartlepool Pulpit & Plaque 1914-1918
Hartlepool Book of Remembrance Fallen 1914-1918
Men of West Hartlepool Roll of Honour 1914-1918
‘Northern Daily Mail’ list of Hartlepool casualties 1914-1918
Victory Square, West Hartlepool 1914-1918 Obelisk

Gender: Male

Contributed by John Edwards