Robert William Moakes
Private 956 - Sherwood Foresters
Notts Derby Regiment 1st/8th Battalion
Died of Wounds Flanders 15th June 1915 : Aged 24
Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery D. 69
Robert appears to be the eldest 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 did however become registered at 124 Sutton Road, Huthwaite, which also aged Robert 25. Considering he lost two known listed sons, firstly Robert then Charles, perhaps a change of address followed while in hopes for safe return of his last unlisted son, reportedly identified later to being Private D. Moakes.
Notts. Free Press – July, 1915.
The photograph is of Private Robert William Moakes, of the 8th Battalion Notts. and Derbys. (S.F.). He was killed in the disaster which recently befell the battalion when their trenches were mined. He was 24 years of age, and had been a member of the Sutton "Terriers" for three years. He was unmarried, and was employed at New Hucknall Colliery, and his family live in Newcastle Street. The photograph was taken at Luton. A letter has been received by his family from the chaplain of the regiment describing his funeral. It states that the men are buried in separate graves, which are planted with shrubs, etc. A Huthwaite man, writing home, mentions that he has seen the grave. He says it was in nice order, with a wooden cross at the head. At the Parish Church on Sunday morning the Rev. F.N. Beswick made reference to the death of Private Moakes. He preached from the text "The Lord is my refuge and strength," and the hymn "Sun of my soul" was sung to his memory, while the Union Jack flew at half-mast on the tower during the service.
Mansfield Advertiser – 2nd. July, 1915. - HUTHWAITE “TERRIER” KILLED.
A Huthwaite man, Private Robert Wm. Moakes, has been killed in action. He was a member of the 8th. Notts and Derby (T.F.) and his home was in Newcastle Street, Huthwaite. He was 24 years of age and was previously employed at New Hucknall Colliery. At the Parish Church. On Sunday morning the Union Jack was hoisted to half-mast, and a service held to his memory, conducted by the Rev. F.N. Beswick, his text being “God is our refuge and strength” and the hymn “Sun of my soul”, which was sung by Pte. Moakes’s comrades over his grave, was sung.
A letter has been received by his family from the chaplain of the regiment to the effect that his grave is well cared for and planted with shrubs. A Huthwaite soldier writing home also says that he has seen it, and states that the dead are laid in separate graves, each with a wooden cross and flowers. Pte. Moakes met his end when the trenches were mined, the casualties including a large number from this locality.
At New Hucknall Colliery, where a number of the Sutton Company of Territorials were employed, the Union Jack was flying at half-mast for several days on the colliery headstocks.
Notts Free Press 16 June 1916
In affectionate memory of Private Robert William Moakes, 8th Sherwood Foresters, who was killed in France, June 15th 1915. Sweet sleep the brave who sink to rest, By all their country's wishes blest.
From Uncle Richard, Aunt Fanny and cousins.
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