Contributed by: Elizabeth Millward, on 2008-11-06
|Year of Birth||1872|
|Year of Death||1914|
|Place of Wartime Residence||East Molsey, Other|
My Gt Grandad John Mould was 42 years old when he was killed in Fromelles, France. Leaving behind him 5 very young children.
John Mould 2nd Battalion Border Regiment, Born 1872 Pimlico Died December 1914 Fromelles, France
John first joined the army on 9th January 1893 service number 3788 aged just 18 years old with 1st Battalion Border Regiment, serving in India and South Africa. He married his first cousin Christine Millicent Mould on April 28th 1903 - Kingston Upon Thames, registery office. He was discharged at Carlisle 8th January 1905. When WW1 broke out he was called up again as he was a member of ex servicemens club in Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey. He was sent to Belgium with the 2nd Borders/7th Division , 20th Infanty Brigade. He made it through Ieper his battalion loosing most of the initial call up. On 18th December 1914 the division were in Fromelles at La Cordonniere Farm. Because of a confusion with orders he was killed by friendly fire. He is remembered at Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium.
His wife Christine had four boys and one girl to bring up and could not afford too. So in 1915 she asked the Duke of Yorks Military School, to take her eldest son John Charles Mould aged just 9 years enlisted in Royal Artillery Band in 1920. Eric followed in 1917 returned to civil life in 1922 - due to hearing trouble. Sydney in 1919 enlisted in the Scots Guards in 1926 and Albert Norman in 1924 and enlisted in the Scots Guards. All three served in WW2.
The school was established in 1803 to educate the sons and daughters of army personnel who had been killed in Battle or died in service. The school moved to Dover in 1909.
Daughters excluded in the 1880's so Grandmother stayed at home with her mother and educated locally at Hampton Court School and then Hampton Council School.
There was no cost to Christine other than to get them to and from school and uniforms would of been supplied by the school. they were expected to join the army unless deemed unfit.