Huthwaite War Memorial Project

MOAKES C.H. 129556

Charles Henry Moakes

Charles Henry Moakes

Driver 129556 - Royal Horse & Field Artillery
D Battery 149th Brigade

Died of Wounds Flanders 16th June 1917 : Aged 20

Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery XIV. F. 19

Charles appears to be the youngest of three brothers born in Huthwaite. The family reportedly all living on Newcastle Street when holding employment at New Hucknall Colliery. Their father William Moakes was however registered at 124 Sutton Road, Huthwaite, while giving Charles age at 19. Considering he had now lost two listed sons, firstly Robert then Charles, perhaps his change of address followed while still hoping for safe return of his last unlisted son, reportedly identified below being Private D. Moakes.

Notts Free Press – 6th July 1917 - LOCAL SOLDIERS KILLED - DRIVER C. H. MOAKES
Official intimation has been received of the death from wounds of driver Charles Henry Moakes, 129556, D Battery, R.F.A., the youngest son of Mr. Wm. Moakes, of Newcastle Street, Huthwaite, who has now lost two sons in the war. Driver Moakes was only 20 last March, and had been in France just a year. Previous to his joining the army he was employed at New Hucknall Colliery. A letter from the chaplain states that he died at 5.30 a.m. on June 16th. of wounds in the back. He adds “ I was with him several times, and commended his soul to God. He was too weak to speak, and suffered little owing to the great shock. His body lies in the military cemetery at Remy. Everything was done for him. God bless you and give strength in this time of your sorrow. Yours in deep sympathy”.

Driver Moakes’ eldest brother, Private R. Moakes, was killed exactly two years before his brother, the date being June 15th. 1915. The other son, Private D. Moakes, has not written home for some months, and the last letter sent out to him has been returned. He enlisted just after the war broke out, and was invalided from Gallipoli with fever and a wound. He afterwards was sent to France, where he again broke down with fever and had a long spell in an English hospital, and subsequently returned to France about 18 months ago. The official notification of Driver Moakes’ death is under date June 23rd.

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Written 24 Jul 06 Revised 04 Jul 12 © by Gary Elliott