Samuel MOSS
Rank: Private
Number: 291863
Unit: 1/7th Battalion ROYAL WELSH FUSILIERS
Date of Death: 26 March 1917
Age:
Cemetery: Jerusalem Memorial, Israel

Nothing is known of Samuel's early life except that regimental records published after the War indicate he had been born in Stockport and enlisted into the army in the town. His original service number, 4964, is not an early one and it probably indicates that he joined up in the middle of 1916, going overseas towards the end of the year.

Samuel would be killed at the start of the attack which was later designated the First Battle Of Gaza.

Overnight, the Battalion moved from camp to Wadi Ghuzzee, arriving there at about 4.30am. After a short rest, they moved further forward masked by a thick fog. The fog lifted and they could see the Turkish positions to the east of Gaza on a knoll called Ali Muntar, about 5000 yards away. Along with the other three battalions in the Brigade, the Fusiliers moved to engage the enemy. Few casualties were suffered in this advance although enemy shrapnel and high explosive fire was heavy. They got to within 500 yards of the enemy trenches but were then held up by increasingly accurate rifle and machine gun fire.

At 4.15pm, assistance was sought from the artillery and they were asked to shell some enemy machine gun positions hidden by a cactus hedge. Almost immediately, one gun was knocked out followed by others over the next hour. This allowed the Fusiliers to make a further small advance and they held these positions until the early hours of the following morning when the general failure of the attack meant the British had to withdraw.  Samuel's body was never recovered and identified.

   
           
   
     
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