The Airmen's Stories - F/O W S Moore
When the names of all Battle of Britain airmen were being drawn up for inclusion on the monument in 2004/2005, this was the data available for a pilot of 236 Squadron;
William Storey Moore of Melbourne, Australia joined the RAF on a short service commission in June 1937. He was first posted to 10 FTS Tern Hill on 21st August that year, completed his training and joined the FAA Pool at Gosport on 10th October 1938.
In early 1940 Moore was serving with 236 Squadron, operating blenheims throughout the Battle.
He was killed on 24th December 1943 as a Squadron Leader with 143 Squadron. His Beaufighter XI JM160 broke up in the air, cause unknown, while attacking a He177 over the Bay of Biscay. F/O PH Froment was also lost.
In late 2012 Australian author and historian Kristen Alexander retrieved the following information;
William Storey Moore was born in Dublin, Eire on 21st November 1916 and attended schools there until 1932. He continued his education in Australia between 1934 and 1936 (presumably going there with his family). He joined the RAF after returning from Australia to the UK.
He married on 4th July 1940 at St. Peter’s Church, Over Wallop, Hampshire and his wife’s maiden name was Beck. His father was William Moore MA of 10 Frankford Road, Dundrum, Co. Dublin, Eire
and his mother was Mrs. GI Moore, Dartmouth, Dartry Road, Dublin, Eire.
It seems that as his widow, Cecilia Moore, moved to Melbourne, Australia sometime after his death and he had a school record there it became assumed that he had been of Australian nationality.
Moore was 27 and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 118.
Although it not now possible to alter the bronze name panels it may be safely assumed that Moore was most likely of Irish nationality.
For Kristen's full research please click here
Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner