1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

John Moody

Contributed by: Chris Wesley, on 2008-11-10

John Campbell Moody
Rank
First Name John
Surname Moody
Year of Birth Unknown
Year of Death Unknown
Regiment Royal Field Artillery
Place of Wartime Residence Edinburgh, East Lothian

John's Story

John served as a territorial with the 2nd City of Edinburgh Battery. The battery was mobilised on the 5th Aug 1914 and entered France on the 23rd Oct 1915. On the nominal roll of 23rd Oct 1915 John is shown as a fitter corporal. By 1918 the unit had become the 86th Army Brigade RFA and John was Battery Quartermaster Sergeant with "C" Battery. During the 1918 retreat the battery was in action alnost continuously for 18 days.

68th Army Bde RFA War Diary:

"No fewer than 27 positions were taken up; from practically all of which many thousand rounds of ammunition were fired. These had to be carried long distances by exhausted horses that were left with the battery. Although the actual distance of the retreat as the crow flies from the first to last position was only 32 miles, the gun teams covered a distance of over 80 miles, and all the horses pulling ammunition wagons must have covered over 200 miles."

The 86th Bde RFA casualties for the period were five Officers, 108 ORs, 98 horses. Of which "C" Battery casualties were two Officers, 23 ORs and seven horses. John Moody survived the war and returned home to Edinburgh.

Remembered by David, Stuart and Kirsty

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