Ernest Moody, like his younger brother Bertram, was my 2nd cousin 4 times removed. He was born in 1890 in Edmonton, UK. He was married to Elizabeth Fitzer in 1909, at the age of 19.
Like his brother, his service record is not available, so I am left to piece together his service between his medal records as well as through some information from his granddaughter. He served with the Hertfordshire and Lincolnshire Regiments, and his granddaughter was told that he had been injured by gas and had been sent back to England to recuperate in hospital.
Ernest Stephen Moody is in the back row on the left.
Both the Hertfordshire and Lincolnshire regiments had been overseas as early as November 1914, so as the above picture is from approximately 1917, it is possible that by the time this was taken, Stephen had already been to France, had been injured, and had recuperated. He and Elizabeth had 4 children together. Ernest passed away in 1976 in Hertfordshire, at the age of 85.
Bertram George Moody was my 2nd cousin four times removed. We are both descended from John Gill and Elizabeth Munns, my 5th Great Grandparents and his Great Grandparents. While I am descended from John and Elizabeth’s daughter Sarah, Bertram is descended from her sister Alice. Bertram and his brother Ernest were 2 of four grandchildren of Alice Gill who served in the war. Stanley and Herbert Gill, who I have already profiled, were sons of Alice’s son William Gill who was born before she was married, and the Moody brothers were the children of her daughter with her husband Stephen Farrington, Harriet Amelia Farrington.
Harriet was born in 1870 in Edmonton, and married James John Moody, house decorator, when she was 19. Together, they had six children. In the 1911 census, fifteen-year old Bertram was recorded as being in training to be a house decorator like his father and his brother Ernest who was a paper hanger.
James Moody and Family circa 1917.
Enfield, Middlesex, England
back row -L/R Ernest Stephen Moody snr., James Moody, Bertram Moody. seated – Elizabeth Mary Moody (nee Fitzer), Harriet Amelia Moody (nee Farrington), Elsie Alice Moody. seated front – Ernest Stephen Moody jnr, Gladys Jessie Moody. Lillian Evelyn Moody
I do not have his service record, but I know from the national roll of honour as well as from correspondence with his great-niece that he served in the 4th Leicester Battalion as a signaller. According to the National Roll of Honour, he served at battles of Lens in 1917 and Bethune in 1918.
Excerpt from National Roll of Honour on Bertram’s service.
I would like to thank Bertram’s great niece for giving me permission to use the amazing photo of her family, above.