Person:Walter Moss (3)

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Walter Abimelech Moss
m. 30 Jan 1865
  1. Susannah Priscilla Moss1865 - 1950
  2. Victoria Alberta Moss1867 - 1948
  3. Alice Maud Mary Moss1869 - 1959
  4. Ellen Sarah Moss1870 - 1959
  5. Walter Abimelech Moss1872 - 1962
  6. Prince Leopold Moss1875 - 1957
  7. William Arthur Moss1876 - 1963
  8. Bethia Jane Moss1878 - 1971
  9. Ada Lavinia Moss1882 - 1960
m. 25 Jun 1894
Facts and Events
Name Walter Abimelech Moss
Alt Name Walter Bemerlick Moss
Gender Male
Birth[1][8] 18 Dec 1872 Caddington, Hertfordshire, EnglandAley Green
Christening[2] 5 Oct 1873 Caddington, Bedfordshire, England
Census[3] 3 Apr 1881 Caddington, Hertfordshire, EnglandAley Green
Census[4] 5 Apr 1891 Luton, Bedfordshire, England146 Chapel Street
Marriage 25 Jun 1894 Luton, Bedfordshire, EnglandChrist Church
to Albertina Tomkins
Census[5] 31 Mar 1901 Luton, Bedfordshire, England46 Langley Road
Census[6] 2 Apr 1911 Luton, Bedfordshire, England46 Langley Road
Census[8] 29 Sep 1939 Luton, Bedfordshire, England49 May Street
Death[9] 1962 Luton, Bedfordshire, England

Walter Abimelech Moss was born on 18th December 1872 at Aley Green in the parish of Caddington. Caddington parish straddled Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire at the time, with Aley Green falling in the part of the parish which was in Hertfordshire. Walter was the son of a bonnet sewer called Bethia Moss, formerly King, and her husband William Moss, an agricultural labourer. Walter's unusual middle name was presumably intended to be "Abimelech", being a name used in the Old Testament, and this was the spelling used when his birth was registered. As an adult, Walter himself used the spelling "Bemerlick" when he signed his name. The 1881 census finds Walter living with his parents and siblings at Aley Green.

By 1891 the family had left Aley Green and moved to the nearby town of Luton, where they lived at 146 Chapel Street. Walter was working as a general labourer.

On 25th June 1894, aged 21, Walter married Albertina Tomkins at Christ Church in Luton. They stayed in Luton after their marriage, having seven children there between 1895 and 1906, with their youngest two children being twins. The 1901 and 1911 censuses both find the family living at 46 Albert Road in Luton. Walter worked for the local council, Luton Corporation, on the roads and sewers. Albertina was described as a straw machinist in 1911, presumably working in the straw hat industry which dominated the town at the time.

Walter's mother died in 1906, and his father died in 1911.

Walter was already in his forties when the First World War began. Nevertheless, he joined up just over a year into the war, volunteering in September 1915. He served with the Army Service Corps and the Chinese Labour Corps (alongside many Chinese recruits). His army records note that he was 5 feet 4¾ inches tall. He also gave his address when he joined up as being 49 May Street in Luton. He served in the Army until after the war ended, being discharged in 1919.

At the outbreak of the Second World War, Walter and Albertina were living with their youngest son at 49 May Street in Luton.

Walter died in 1962, aged 89. Albertina survived him by about eight years.

References
  1. Births index, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office).

    b. Walter Abimelech MOSS, March Quarter 1873, Luton Registration District, Volume 3b, page 462, mother's maiden name King

  2. Baptisms register, in Church of England. Caddington Parish Registers. (Bedford: Bedfordshire Record Office).
    BAPTISMS solemnized in the Parish of Caddington in the County of Bedford in the Year 1873
    No.When BaptizedChild's Christian NameParent's NameAbodeQuality, Trade, or ProfessionBy whom the Ceremony was performed
    ChristianSurname
    1463Oct[ober] 5Walter BimelielWilliam and BathiaMossAley GreenLabourerW. Ally, Off[iciating] M[inister]
  3. General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA). 1881 Census Schedules for England and Wales, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands: . (Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom)
    Class RG11; Piece 1653; Folio 136; Page 4, 3 Apr 1881.

    Address: Aley Green, Caddington, Hertfordshire
    William Moss, head, married, male, 42 [1838/9], Ag[ricultural] Lab[ourer], b. Caddington, Hertfordshire
    Bethia Moss, wife, married, female, 44 [1836/7], Bonnet Sewer, b. Caddington, Hertfordshire
    Victoria A. Moss, daughter, female, 13 [1867/8], Bonnet Sewer, b. Caddington, Hertfordshire
    Alice M.M. Moss, daughter, female, 11 [1869/70], Scholar, b. Caddington, Hertfordshire
    Walter A. Moss, son, male, 9 [1891/2], Scholar, b. Caddington, Hertfordshire
    Prince L. Moss, son, male, 6 [1894/5], Scholar, b. Caddington, Hertfordshire
    William A. Moss, son, male, 4 [1896/7], b. Caddington, Hertfordshire
    Bethia Moss, daughter, female, 2 [1898/9], b. Caddington, Hertfordshire

  4. General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA). 1891 Census Schedules for England and Wales, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. (Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom)
    Class RG12; Piece 1274; Folio 59; Page 38, 5 Apr 1891.

    Address: 146 Chapel Street, Luton, Bedfordshire
    Five or more rooms occupied
    William Moss, head, married, male, 53 [1837/8], Agricultural Laborer, employed, b. Caddington, Bedfordshire
    Bertha Moss, wife, married, female, 55 [1835/6], employed, b. Caddington, Bedfordshire
    Susanah Moss, daughter, single, female, 25 [1865/6], Hat Sewer, employed, b. Caddington, Bedfordshire
    Alice M. Moss, daughter, single, female, 21 [1869/70], Hat Sewer, employed, b. Caddington, Bedfordshire
    Ellen S. Moss, daughter, single, female, 20 [1870/1], Hat Sewer, employed, b. Caddington, Bedfordshire
    Walter B. Moss, son, male, 18 [1872/3], General Laborer, employed, b. Caddington, Bedfordshire
    Prince L. Moss, son, male, 16 [1874/5], Agricultural Laborer, employed, b. Caddington, Bedfordshire
    William A. Moss, son, male, 14 [1876/7], Errand Boy, employed, b. Caddington, Bedfordshire
    Bethia Moss, daughter, female, 12 [1878/9], Scholar, employed, b. Caddington, Bedfordshire
    Thomas Lewis, stepson, married, male, 34 [1856/7], Rag & Bone Collector, employed, b. Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire
    Thomas Lewis, grandson, male, 5 [1885/6], Scholar, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Arthur Lewis, grandson, male, 4 [1886/7], Scholar, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Ethel Bert Lewis, grandson [sic], female, 3 [1887/8], b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Harry Lewis, grandson, male, 1 [1889/90], b. Luton, Bedfordshire

  5. General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA). England and Wales. 1901 Census Schedules: also for the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. (Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom)
    Class RG13; Piece 1515; Folio 10; Page 11, 31 Mar 1901.

    Address: 46 Langley Road, Luton, Bedfordshire
    Walter Moss, head, married, male, 29 [1871/2], Labourer in Sewers & Roads, worker, b. Aley Green, Bedfordshire
    Albertina Moss, wife, married, female, 27 [1873/4], b. Tebworth, Bedfordshire
    Bertie Moss, son, male, 5 [1895/6], b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Gladys M. Moss, daughter, female, 11 months [1900], b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Horace Tompkins, boarder, single, male, 22 [1878/9], Painter, worker, b. Tebworth, Bedfordshire

  6. General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA). 1911 Census Schedules for England and Wales, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. (Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom)
    Class RG14; Piece 8998; Schedule 127, 2 Apr 1911.

    Address: 46 Langley Road, Luton, Bedfordshire
    5 rooms occupied
    Walter Bemerlick Moss, head, male, 38 [1872/3], married, Labourer General - Luton Corporation, worker, b. Aley Green, Bedfordshire
    Albertina Moss, wife, female, 37 [1873/4], married 16 years, 7 children born to marriage, 7 children still living, Straw Machinist, worker, b. Tebworth, Bedfordshire
    Herbert Walter Moss, son, male, 15 [1895/6], single, Errand lad, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Violet May Moss, daughter, female, 12 [1898/9], single, School, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Gladys Maud Moss, daughter, female, 10 [1900/1], single, School, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Doris Moss, daughter, female, 8 [1902/3], single, School, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Frederick Charles Moss, son, male, 6 [1904/5], single, School, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Nellie Moss, daughter, female, 4 [1906/7], single, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Cyril Moss, son, male, 4 [1906/7], single, b. Luton, Bedfordshire

  7.   British Army Service Records, 1914-1920 (The National Archives, Kew).

    British Army World War One Service Records
    Summary of information:
    Name: Walter Bemerlick Moss
    Address: 49 May Street, Luton, Beds
    Age: 42
    Height: 5 feet 4¾ inches
    Trade: Labourer
    Appointed to Army Service Corps, 13 Sep 1915
    Transferred to Labour Corps 1 Aug 1917 and to Chinese Labour Corps Base Depot 8 Nov 1917. Discharged 12 Sep 1919.

  8. 8.0 8.1 General Register Office. 1939 Register
    Luton Municipal Borough, 29 Sep 1939.

    Address: 49 May Street, Luton, Bedfordshire
    Moss, Walter B. / male / b. 18 Dec 1872 / married / General labourer
    Moss Albertina / female / b. 19 Sep 1873 / married / Unpaid domestic duties
    Moss, Cyril / male / b. 18 Nov 1906 / single / General labourer

  9. Deaths index, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office).

    d. Walter B. MOSS, December Quarter 1962, Luton Registration District, Volume 4a, page 158, aged 89 [1872/3]