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Joyce Mary Moore (1903-1968), Stage, Film & Radio Actress

This month, WeRelate looks at the Person Page of Joyce Mary Moore, born 7 April 1903, in Crowthorne, Berkshire, England, the the only daughter and eldest of three children of Richmond Moore and Elizabeth Cameron Moore (née Abernethy). She was born on 7 April, 1903 at St. John’s Lodge, Wellington College, Crowthorne in Berkshire, England. Her father was an assistant master at the college (1885-1918). Between 1924 and 1925, Miss Joyce Moore studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), where she was enrolled in the French language acting class of Mme Alice Gachet. Joyce Moore was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1924–1925, and carried of Irene Vanbrugh’s prize for French Leaveout. Understudied Angela Baddeley in “The Wild Duck”; Toured the provinces in “Peter Pan”, “The Farmer’s Wife”, and “Yellow Sands”; had an important part in the latter “Marigold” at the Kingsway Theatre, London, and deputised for her for a time; understudied Angela Baddeley in “Thunder on the Left”; played the part of Liza Lu in “Tess of the D’Urbervilles”; has appeared in a large number of other stage Plays, including “The Edge of Life”, “Liberty Hall”, “Alice in Wonderland”, the Stage Society production of “Chéri”, “Spring’s Awakening”, etc., also children’s and broadcast plays. She made her film debut in 1930 as Violet in “The Speckled Band”, produced by British Dominion Studios.

In 1932 (October 20) she married Lt-Cdr. Geoffrey Hugh Cary Askew, R.N., at the parish church of St. George in Hanover Square, London. He was the only son and eldest of three children of Claude Arthur Cary Askew and Alice Jane de Courcy Askew (née Leake). Alice and Claude Askew were the well known co-authors of over ninety books - before their tragic deaths in October 1917, when the ship they were travelling on together suffered a torpedo attack from a German submarine and sank in the Ionian Sea. On the 1st September, 1932 Geoffrey had retired from the Royal Navy. And thereafter he dedicated himself to writing and was the author of many short stories - some of which were published in a variety of magazines - particularly those specializing in mystery stories.

Joyce Mary Moore took sick about a year after the death of her husband in October, 1962; and began a steady decline until her own death a little over five years later in January, 1968. She died at St. Anne’s Nursing Home, Wokingham; and was buried beside her husband at the Shinfield Cemetery in Spencers Wood. This Person Page, is a good example of the type of Page that you can add to WeRelate for your ancestors. (learn more...)

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This month commemorates the 75th anniversary of D-Day. On June 6, 1944, thousands of courageous Americans and British forces stormed the beaches of Normandy giving their lives in service of their countries. This Allied invasion of France would lead to the end of World War II one year later. One American solider, First Lieutenant James McCaul Jr, father of US Representative Michael McCaul of Texas, served as a bombardier on a B-17 whose squadron participated in the D-Day air campaign.

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