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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking the grave of Heslop Moon, General Cemetery, Nottingham. Photograph courtesy of Peter Gillings.
Person Details
Helsop was the son of Thomas Henry and Mary Ann Moon (nee Heslop). His father, Thomas, was born in Liskeard, Cornwall, in about 1851 and his mother, Mary Ann Heslop, was born in Darlington in about 1855. They were married on 14 February 1874 at St Cuthbert's church, Darlington (1874 J/F/M Darlington Durham) and according to the information provided by Mary Ann on the 1911 Census they had fourteen children of whom only ten were still living at the time of the census. Ten children were named on the census between 1881 and 1901: Thomas Harry b. Darlington 1874 (O/N/D Darlington Durham) bap. 20 December 1874 St Cuthbert Darlington , Heslop b. Darlington 1877 (J/A/S Darlington Durham) bap. 21 October 1877 St Cuthbert Darlington, Fred (recorded on 1881 Census age 1), Albert b. London prob. 1883 (A/M/J St George in the East London), Elizabeth b. London 1885 (O/N/D St George in the East London), Charles Edward b. London 1887 (J/A/S Stepney), Florence (Fanny) b. Leeds birth registered 1889 (J/F/M Hunslet Yorkshire), Isabella b. Sneinton birth registered 1891 (J/F/M Nottingham), George b. Nottingham 1892 (O/N/D Nottingham), John b. Nottingham 1894 (O/N/D Nottingham) and Frederick (Freddie) b. Nottingham 1896 (A/M/J Nottingham). There are also two registrations for children named Frederick, surname Moon mother's name Heslop, around the time of the 1881 census: Frederick Moon b. 1879 (J/A/S Hull) and Frederick Charles b. 1881 (J/A/S St George in the East London) and the death of a Frederick Moon b. abt. 1880 d. 1881 (J/A/S St George in the East London age 1). It is likely that Frederick Charles was the surviving child but was also to die young. The registration of another child, Richard Moon (Heslop), has been traced; he was born in 1898 (O/N/D Nottingham) but died in 1899 (J/A/S Nottingham) before his first birthday. All the other birth registrations with the exception of Albert, Charles and Isabella included the mother's name of Heslop. In 1881 Thomas, an engine fitter, and Mary Ann were living at 363 Cable Street, St George in the East, London & Middlesex, with their three sons, Thomas (5), Heslop (3) and Fred (1). By 1891 they had moved to Nottingham and were living on Arthur Terrace, Carlton Road, Sneinton. Thomas (40) was still working as an engine fitter. He and Mary had seven children: Thomas (15) a cabinet maker, Heslop (13), Albert (7), Elizabeth (5), Charles (3), Fanny (2) and Isabella (1). Heslop married Edith Frances Crawley (b. 1881 A/M/J Chesterfield Derbyshire), the daughter of Charles and Mary Crawley, on 25 December 1899 at St Luke's parish church, Sneinton (O/N/D Nottingham). However, he and his wife soon separated as he was living with his parents by 1901 and she and her son George William Moon (b. 1900 O/N/D Nottingham) were living at 8 Carlton Hill, Windmill Row, in the household of George Barks (23) a brickmaker. Although Edith and George were described as boarders, Edith's occupation was given as housekeeper. George William died later that year (1901 O/N/D Nottingham) aged 1 year. His parents Thomas and Mary were living at 7 Liverpool Street, Nottingham, at the time of the 1901 Census. Thomas (50) was now described as a steam engine maker and Mary (45) was working as a lace clipper. Eight children were at home on the night of the census: Heslop (24), an iron moulder, Elizabeth (15) a machinist), Charles (14) an errand boy), Fanny (12), Isabella (10), George (8), John (6) and Freddie (3). Thomas jnr and Albert have not yet been traced on the 1901 Census. Thomas Henry died in 1908 (O/N/D Nottingham) aged 58. Isabella married in 1909 (A/M/J Nottingham, Thomas Sylvester or John Hawkins Freer) and Charles Edward was also married the same year (J/A/S Nottingham, Sarah Annie Foster or Elizabeth Clamp). Thomas' widow, Mary Ann, had moved to 9 Shaftesbury Street, Nottingham, by 1911 and was working as a charwoman. Heslop (34), a labourer, who had now been married for ten years (no children) was still living with his family. Also in the household on the night of the census were Charles (23), a labourer, married two years (no children), George (18) a wood machinist, John (17) a curtain dresser and Frederick (15) a brickyard labourer. Heslop was living with his mother at 37 Alfred Street South, Nottingham, when he enlisted in 1916. However, he was discharged from the army to 8 Pleasant Place, Charles Road, Nottingham, in 1919 and the CWGC record also gives Mary Ann's address as 8 Pleasant Place. Mary Ann died in 1938 (O/N/D Nottingham) aged 81. Heslop's brother probably also served in the war as there is a record of the issue of a Silver Badge (83702) to a Charles Edward Moon on 17 November 1916. He had enlisted in the Notts & Derby Regiment on 24 August 1914 (13481 Private) and served overseas but was discharged on 11 April 1916 (sickness, para 392 xvi). A Charles E Moon married Ethel Jones in 1919 (J/F/M Nottingham). Heslop's wife, Edith, was still living with George Barks in 1911 although by then they had moved to 8 Back Lane, Monk Bretton, Yorkshire, where George was working as a coal miner hewer. Edith was still described as his housekeeper and three children - George Barks Moon (6), William Henry Barks Moon (2) and Thomas Barks Moon (1) - were listed as 'housekeeper's sons'. Edith later had two daughters, Edith FB Moon b. 1911 (J/A/S Barnsley) and Mabel B Moon b. 1914 (O/N/D Barnsley). George and Edith were married in 1921 (J/F/M Barnsley, Yorkshire).
In 1901 he was an iron moulder and in 1911 a labourer.
18 Oct 1919
4028159 - CWGC Website
37 Alfred Street South, Nottingham. He enlisted in Nottingham.
Bedfordshire Regiment
13th Bn Bedfordshire Regiment Heslop enlisted on 28 February 1916 at Nottingham. He gave his age as 39 years and 208 days and his occupation as bricklayer's labourer. Heslop was living at 37 Alfred Street South, Nottingham, and gave his next of kin as his mother, Mary Ann Moon of the same address. He was posted to the Reserves the following day and mobilised on 18 September 1916 when he reported to the Derby depot. He was posted initially to the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (3rd Garrison Bn) but then transferred to the 13th TW Bn Bedfordshire Regiment. He transferred to the Labour Corps (42nd Agricultural Company, Company Depot Bedford) in January 1918. He did not serve overseas. Heslop was discharged from the army at the age of 41 on 9 January 1919 as no longer physically fit for war service (para. 382 xvi. KR); he was suffering from chronic bronchitis and emphysema and deemed permanently unfit for service. He was discharged to 8 Pleasant Place, Charles Road, Nottingham. He was issued with a Silver War Badge (No. B245156) on 21 July 1919. He died on 18 October 1919 and was buried on 23 October 1919 in Nottingham General Cemetery.
CWGC headstone, personal inscription: 'To-day recalls sad memories mother, sisters & brothers' CWGC grave, three burials: Heslop Moon, Pte A Holmes Notts & Derby Regiment (2 October 1919) and Pte S Shooter Notts & Derby Regiment.
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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking the grave of Heslop Moon, General Cemetery, Nottingham. Photograph courtesy of Peter Gillings.
    Heslop Moon - Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking the grave of Heslop Moon, General Cemetery, Nottingham. Photograph courtesy of Peter Gillings.