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Auction: 24001 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 230

Pair: Major C. Moore, Berkshire Regiment, who died in service at his quarters in Dover on 28 July 1911

Egypt and Sudan 1882-89, undated reverse, no clasp (Lieut: C. Moore. 1/Rl. Berks: R.); Khedive's Star (C C.M.), the first 'C' appears mis-struck, mounted as worn, pitting, edge bruise, nearly very fine (2)

D.N.W. December 2006.

Charles Moore was born at 83 Adelaide Road, Hampstead, the son of William and Clara Moore of 55 Belsize Park Gardens, Hampstead. Moore was commissioned Lieutenant on 29 August 1885 with the Berkshire Regiment, re-named the Royal Berkshire Regiment two months later in October in honour of the victory at Tofrek. Joining the Regiment in Egypt Moore served with them on the Nile Frontier in the aftermath of the British withdrawal from the Sudan.

They were stationed with General Grenfell's army at Wadi Halda when a Dervish army attempted to invade Egypt in December 1885. Grenfell's forces caught up with the invaders at Ginnis on 30 December and defeated them soundly with more than 400 Mahdists killed. The Berkshire Regiment and Durham Light Infantry went into action wearing their red coats, the last time they were certainly used in action. Berkshire casualties amounted to 3 killed and 16 wounded.

This action ended the immediate threat to Egypt and the Berkshire Regiment returned to Britain; it was here that Moore began his long association with physical fitness. Posted as Superintendent of Gymnasia, Curragh and promoted Captain on 1 November 1885 in this role. Appointed Instructor at the Royal Military Staff College, Sandhurst on 25 August 1897, he served there until January 1903, being advanced Major the next year on 16 March 1904.

In this rank he returned to the role Superintendent of Gymnasia, this time with the Eastern District, Eastern Command in August 1904. Holding this appointment until 1907 Moore was transferred to become Assistant Inspector of Gymnasia, Aldershot Command in August 1907. Laying this role down in 1909 Moore was serving as Major with the Regiment at Dover in 1911 when he died, the Battalion Orders 28 July 1911 state:

‘It is with deep regret that the Commanding Officer announces the death of Major C. Moore which occurred at 1 a.m. today… He was a born instructor of men – the British Army owes him a large debt – at the Royal Military College for five years he taught the would-be officer not only his immediate subject (engineering), but also a far more important principal, that of “discipline”…
But his chief work was in relation to the physical development of the soldier. The official book on this subject entitled “The manual of Physical training” was largely his handiwork”.

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