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John Higley Moss, South African Constabulary - died at Elandsfontein 18.2.1902 2 months 1 week ago #73917

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I came across this headstone in Chorley Cemetery today; I was aware that John Higley Moss was a Chorley casualty, dying in South Africa, so thought that this wasn't him, as the inscription gave me the impression that John Moss was buried here. However, I've checked and there was no death registration of anyone with the name of John Moss in that period, anywhere in England and Wales. On getting home I was able to check the press report I had of John Higley Moss's death, and the name given for his father confirmed that the family gravestone remembers John Higley Moss.

In Loving Memory of
died Nov 1st 1914, aged 64 years.
died Feb.13th 1901, aged 51 years.
JOHN, their son,
died Feb. 19th 1902, aged 23 years.
GEORGE, their son,
died June 9th 1906, aged 23 years.

....Information has been received this week from the War Office by Mr. Moses M. Moss, tailor, Hamilton-road, Chorley, of the death of his son, Private John Higley Moss, aged 23, of the South African Constabulary, which took place on Feb.18th at Elandsfontein, near Johannesburg, from enteric fever. The deceased was a sergeant in the 3rd L.V.A., and joined the South African Constabulary at the beginning of last year, leaving England in April. He was, prior to leaving Chorley, in the employ of the L. and Y. Railway Company, in their goods department. A butcher by trade, he had been engaged in the slaughter of stock for the commissariat department, and in his letters spoke in very cheerful strain of his experiences.
Chorley Guardian, Saturday 1st March 1902

....Following the evening service at the Chorley Parish Church on Sunday last, a service was held in memory of the late Trooper J. H. Moss, of the South African Constabulary, a former attender at the church, whose death took place on February 18th last. from enteric fever, at Elandsfontein, in the Transvaal. The service was conducted by the Rev. R. Stowell and the hymn "Thy will be done," was sung. A number of deceased's relatives were present, and there was a large and sympathetic congregation.
Chorley Guardian, Saturday 15th March 1902
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