Gunner, 1st Div. Ammunition Col, Canadian Field
Service Number: 158649
who died on
Thursday, July 19, 1917
Son of Solomon H. and Mary C."Rittenhouse" Moyer, of
Noeux-Les-Mines Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
Panel Number: II. F. 7.
The Communal Cemetery was used by the British Forces (in succession
to the French) from June, 1915, to August, 1917. The earlier
burials were carried out by units and Field Ambulances, but in
April 1917, the 7th Casualty Clearing Station began to use the
cemetery. There are now nearly 1,000, 1914-18 war casualties
commemorated in this site. The British Plots cover an area of
2,188 square metres.
Noeux-les-Mines is a town 6 kilometres south of Bethune on the
main road to Arras. The Communal Cemetery is on the northern
side of the town, on the southeast side of the road to Labourse.
Claude Moyer enlisted in the Canadian Army on October 14, 1915
for the duration of the war and 6 months. On May 1, 1916 he embarked
from Halifax, Nova Scotia on the H.M.T. 2810 Olympic, disembarking
at Liverpool England on May 6, 1916 and taken on strength with
the Reserve Brigade Canadian Field Artillery. He was then drafted
to France on June 10, 1916 with the 1st Division Trench Mortar
Battery. June 11, 1916, he was transferred to the 1st Divisional
Ammunition Column attached to the Trench Mortar Battery. The
1st Divisional Ammunition Column handled the horses and wagons
necessary to supply the ammunition for the trench mortar batteries
as well as hauling water, coal, stores and forage for horses.
On July 17, 1917, the column had moved to a new ammunition dump
at Bully Grenay situated near L. Railway R, 11c with Major Cowley
in charge. On July 18, 1917, the dump at Bully Grenay also called
AIX Dump was shelled by hostile artillery. "One other rank
was evacuated to hospital". This was Gnr. Claude Moyer who
was "dangerously wounded' in the chest and evacuated to
the 7th Casualty Station. The following day, July 19, 1917, he
died of wounds received in action.
Commemorated on Page 298 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.
The Book of Remembrance is in the Memorial Chamber, which occupies
the second level of the Peace Tower in the Houses of Parliament,