John Leslie MOORES
Rank: Private
Number: 377070
Unit: 1/10th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 13 July 1918
Age: 23
Cemetery: Gezaincourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France

The name of J Leslie Moores appears on the Romiley War Memorial as serving with the 10th Manchester. There can be little doubt that he is the man shown above but it has not been possible to confirm his connection with the Romiley area.

He had been born in the Longsight area of Manchester and, when the 1901 Census, was living at 4 Kirkmanshulme Lane with his parents, John and Mary, and two sisters, Elsie and Hilda. His father worked as a railway clerk. His son, who was generally known as Leslie, is also believed to have been working in a similar job before he enlisted into the army and is understood to have been a junior clerk for the London and North western Railway Ltd at London Road Station (now Manchester Piccadilly).

After the War, John and Mary were known to be living at "Inglemount", Dyserth, Flintshire and Regimental records published at about the same time also give Dyserth as Leslie's place of residence. This seems unlikely considering he was working in Manchester and it suggests he gave his parents address as a home address. The 1914 edition of Kelly's Directory records that a John Moores was a shopkeeper at 43 Green Lane, Romiley. It is not possible to confirm that this is Leslie's father but it is possible that, in the years between 1914 and the early 1920s, he sold the shop and retired to Wales.

John's service number was not issued until at least the beginning of 1917, confirming that he was not an early volunteer for the army and will have joined as a conscript sometime after this..

The Cemetery where Leslie is buried is one that was used by various field hospitals and, also at the time of his death, by the "full facility" 3rd Canadian Stationery Hospital and he will have died whilst being treated at one for wounds he had received in action. As such, it cannot be known for certain when he was injured or under what precise circumstances and the Battalion's War Diary contains only sparse information about the preceding days. The 10th Manchester had been in trenches at Colinscamp and Bertrancourt in what was a relatively quiet period. The Diary notes only that there was intermittent enemy shelling so it would seem likely that Leslie received severe shrapnel wounds from an exploding shell.

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