Biography – Private Harry Moss

Biography – Harry Moss
Died 3rd December 1917. Age 23

Family situation

  • Born in Wrinehill in 1894, baptised at Wrinehill Primitive Methodist Chapel.
  • Mother- Emily Cooper lived in Old Road Wrinehill before marrying his father George, a coal miner from Madeley.
  • He had a brother and two sisters.
  • He lived in one of 4 terraced house on Den Lane just beyond the Crown (demolished in 1960’s).
  • His mother died when he was 3 months old and is buried in Betley churchyard.
  • His father married again and Harry had 3 more siblings.
  • The family moved to the 3rd house of Brassington Terrace with land stretching down to Cracow Moss.
  • Harry had a bright and happy disposition; with a cheery word for everyone.
  • He was Secretary and a teacher at Wrinehill Methodist Sunday School.


  • At 14 he went to work for the L & NW Railway at Crewe station. He was a Parcel porter for 8 years.


  • He enlisted in Crewe March 1917 with his cousin, Arthur Brassington and joined the South Lancs Regiment. He was transferred soon afterwards to the 15th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
  • He went to the front June 1917 and was involved in a lot of action in the Battle of Cambrai – 20th 1917 around Gouzeaucourt WoodShow on map;
  • On 3rd Dec he was killed by a shell fragment and buried next day.


Common Wealth War Graves Commission Certificate