6th October 1917

Private Trevor William Moseley, 5th Battalion Dorset Regiment, was killed in action on 6th October 1917. He was born in Beoley, Worcestershire in 1897 and was the second of the three children of parents William Henry (a farmer) and Sarah Matilda (née Benbow) who had married in Oswestry, Shropshire in 1893. He had an older sister, Gladys (born 1895) and a younger brother, Robert Watkin Moseley (born and died in 1901).

Gladys Moseley married farmer Gem Samuel Smith (1892-1966) at Lapworth in October 1915. They set up home in Gem’s parish of Rowington and, in 1939, were living at Weston Hall Farm. Gem was one of the brothers of Osborn Thomas Smith who was killed in Egypt in 1916, whilst serving with the Queen’s Own Worcestershire Hussars.

We don’t know when Trevor Moseley ennlisted in the Army, although it seems he first served with the Royal Field Artillery before being transferred to the Dorsetshire Regiment.

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial. He is also commemorated locally on war memorials at Hockley Heath and Lapworth.

If you have any more information, please let us know.

Heritage & Local Studies Librarian

tel.: 0121 704 6977
email: heritage@solihull.gov.uk

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