13 August 1915 : Pte Arthur Moore

Born in Burnley in 1895

Parents James and Lettice Anne née Howarth. 

At the 1911 Census Arthur was living at home with with two older brothers and his older sister, her husband and 8 year old son at 58, Baron Terrace, Healey Wood, Burnley. This was a four-roomed dwelling. Arthur was 16 and working as a cotton weaver. 

At Camp - Pre Great War  (courtesy of Towneley Hall)

Arthur was also a member of the Burnley Lads Club. He enlisted into the Royal Army Medical Corps (Territorial Force) (the 2/2nd EL FA ‘Callams Own') at Burnley barracks in mid-November 1914 and, after training in Colwall and Heathfield, Arthur embarked upon the HMT Royal Edward at Devonport on 30 July 1915.

Bound for Gallipoli, the HMT Royal Edward was struck by a torpedo from the UB-14 in the Aegean on 13 August 1915 and sunk. 440 men were rescued.


Royal Edward, c. 1910–14

Survivors of HMT Royal Edward on an upturned boat

Arthur was one of the 77 men from Burnley on board who died that day and 935 in total.

Boat from the hospital ship Soudan looking for survivors.

Having no grave but the sea, he is now commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey.

 Pension Card for Arthur Moore from The Western Front Association Pension Cards & Ledgers digital archive on Fold3 by Ancestry

Pte Arthur Moore,  2/2 East Lancs FA, RAMC.

13 August 1915 

Died at sea

Research by David O'Mara with additional detail by Jonathan Vernon

Sources: England Census Return 1911, Burnley Lads Club, Pension Ledgers & Cards from The Western Front Association digital archive on Fold3 by Ancestry.