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300050   Leading Stoker John Moon
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 15/06/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: HMS Egmont, Royal Navy (British Navy)
Date Of Birth: 16/09/1878
Died: 16/05/1918 (Died by accident)
Age: 39
Summary      
John Moon was born in Dungannon, County Tyrone in 1878. John was a labourer when he joined the Royal Navy on 4th March 1902 for a 12-year period. John Moon married Rachel Reid on 27th December 1904 John Moon and his wife, a linen weaver, lived in Ruth Street, Belfast in 1911. He extended his service in March 1914 and was serving on HMS Vivid 2 when the Great War started. From 1st November 1917, he served on HMS Egmont, a Base Ship in Malta. Leading Stoker John Moon died on 16th May 1918 following an accident on board HMS Mimosa.
Further Information
John Moon was the son of Davis and Margaret Moon. Davis George Moon and Margaret Allen were married on 26th June 1872 in the district of Cookstown.
John Moon was born on 16th September 1878. He was one of at least six children, all born in the Dungannon area.
Possible family: Davis George Moon, Margaret Moon, Margaret Moon (born 1st April 1876), Davis Moon (born 10th April 1877), John Moon (born 16th September 1878), Elizabeth Moon (born 17th February 1880), Rebecca Moon (born 27th November 1881), David Moon (born 2nd September 1883)
John was a labourer when he joined the Royal Navy on 4th March 1902 for a 12-year period.
Royal Navy record
John Moon married Rachel Reid on 27th December 1904
John Moon and his wife, a linen weaver, lived at 44 Ruth Street in 1911. At the time of the 1911 census, John is not listed as living at Ruth Street.
Royal Navy record
He extended his service in March 1914 and was serving on HMS Vivid 2 when the Great War started.
Royal Navy record
Royal Navy record
From 1st November 1917, he served on HMS Egmont, a Base Ship in Malta.
Leading Stoker John Moon died on 16th May 1918 due to a broken spine following an accident on board HMS Mimosa at Malta.
The following handwritten note describes John's death:
Royal Navy record
Royal Navy record
M33004/18. Casualty Enquiry. Fall on 20th May 1918. In ??? the circumstances attending Moon's death found that the deceased's arm was trapped? between the ??? hatch. And the ??? of the hatches of the HMS Minosa, and upon the hatch being raised, he fell and sustained fatal injuries by striking his neck against the ladder steps and the ladder.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 8th June 1918: Dungannon
Leading Stoker John Moon (youngest son of the late Mr D Moon, Dungannon), has been killed in an accident at Malta.
Leading Stoker John Moon is buried in the Malta (Capuccini) Naval Cemetery and his name is commemorated on the Roll of Honour for Newington Presbyterian Church in North Belfast.
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References and Links
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1 1911 Census lists Rachel Moon Does not list John as living with his wife at house 44 in Ruth Street, Duncairn, Antrim
2 Family Search - Moon family Suggests that John and George Moon were brothers
3 Forum discussion (GWF) States that John Moon died of a broken spine
4 HMS Egmont - the ship Details of HMS Egmont - the ship
5 Kalkara Naval Cemetery John Moon listed on Malta Memorial
6 militaryimages.net Photo of John Moon's headstone
7 National Archives UK Naval Registry Card can be purchased here
8 Nigel Henderson, History Hub Ulster Details of John Moon including images
9 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of John Moon's headstone can be purchased here.
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