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John Moore resided in York and joined the 1st/5th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment on 7th September 1914. He landed in France with his Brigade on 16th April 1915 where the 1st/5th joined the 146th Brigade of the 49th (West Riding) Division. The strength of the Battalion at this time amounted to 27 officers and 913 other ranks. John Moore arrived at the trenches on 17th April 1915 near Fromelles on the Ypres Salient. During April the 5th Battalion took part in many minor skirmishes as well as enduring heavy artillery shelling during what is classed as trench warfare. On 9th May John Moore took part in his first and only major action during the Battle of Aubers Ridge when Fromelles was attacked. This attack was a failure mainly due to the German's heavy machine gun fire and use of poison gas.
As John Moore was discharged on 10th May 1916, it appears likely that this was the result of severe gas poisoning during the action on the previous days. The cause for his discharge on his certificate was shown as sickness, but it was often the case that sickness was given as the reason for poison gas discharges.
Pte. Moore gained the Silver War Badge number 57016, but this badge is not present with the 1914/15 medal trio. The group is sold together with copies of his MIC showing his entitlement to the 1914/15 Star Trio and SWB award and the War Badge list. There are also three copies of his Territorial Force attestation sheets.
Information extracts from 1/5 Battalion War Diaries The West Yorkshire Regiment in the War 1914-18 Vol. 1 Everard Wyrall.
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