Lance Corporal Robert John Cecil Moate

Rank or Title

Date of Birth


Date of Death

20 Jul 1917

Service Number


Place of Birth

Fenny Stratford
United Kingdom

World War I Address

23 Union Street
United Kingdom

Place of Death

Palestinian Territory

Grave Location

No known grave
Palestinian Territory

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier


The Luton News , 30th August 1917
L-Cpl Robert John Cecil Moate

L-Cpl Robert John Cecil Moate, 200634, 1/5th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action in Palestine on July 20th, 1917, and has no known grave. He was aged 20 and the only son of widowed Lizzie Moate, of 23 Union Street, Luton.

Cecil Moate, as he was known, was under age for foreign service when he joined the Bedfords (No 4641) but went to Gallipoli in 1915. There he suffered from dysentery and was in hospital in Malta for six months before being posted to Egypt.

The former pupil of Dunstable Road School, who was born in Fenny Stratford in 1897, is listed in the 1911 Census as a 14-year-old errand boy living at 23 Union Street with mother Lizzie and sisters Lilian, aged 15, and Dorothy, aged 12. His father, Robert James, had died in 1899.

[The slideshow below includes a photograph of Cecil's medals and memorabilia, used with the permission of Mark Skeggs. Cecil Moate was his great uncle.]

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Author: Deejaya

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