Cecil Arthur MOULDS

  • 1911 Occupation                   3 Park Row Nottingham
  • Domicile                                 Hospital Clerk??
  • Date of Birth                          7th February, 1890   at Sproxton, Leicestershire
  • Date of Death                        1918
  • Kin                                          Archibald John and Elizabeth Alice Moulds, (Nee Burnham)
  • Family                                    Married Gertrude Harriett Marriott, Cotgrave 1914
  • Regiment                               Royal Army Medical Corps
  • Enlistment Date                   1911 Territorial Force. 1915 Regular Army
  • Service Number                    23997
  • Rank                                       Corporal
  • Date of Death                        25 April 1918
  • Age at Death                          28
  • CWGC Detail

The name Cecil Arthur Moulds appears on the Cotgrave War Memorial and on the Memorial Board in All Saints Church, Cotgrave.
Cecil was born in Sproxton, Leicestershire on 7 Feb 1890. He was the son of Archibald John Moulds and Elizabeth Alice Moulds (Nee Burnham). His father was a Farmer’s son and worked on farms in Leicestershire but by 1911 he had moved his family to Cotgrave, where he worked as a Gamekeeper.

By 1911, aged 21 Cecil was lodging in 3 Park Row, Nottingham. He was working as a general clerk in the Lace Industry. Sometime later that year he enlisted in the Territorial Force in the Royal Army Medical Corps.
Cecil married Gertrude Harriett Marriott on the 4th June, 1914, in All Saints Church, Cotgrave. Gertrude Harriett was born in Bingham in 1891 and lived in Cotgrave with her father, mother and siblings. Two of her brothers, Harry and George A are shown in the ‘Those who Served’ on the Memorial Board in All Saints church Cotgrave.
On 22nd May 1915 Cecil, aged 25, having risen to the rank of Corporal in the Territorial Force, enlisted in the Regular Army in the Royal Army Medical Corps as a Corporal Clerk. At that time he and Gertrude Harriett were living at 5 Aubrey Avenue, Sneinton, Nottingham.
We are uncertain as to where Cecil served while in the Army but on 25 October 1916 he was discharged with ‘sickness’ as no longer physically fit for National Service Duty. He became an Army Pensioner. We can only imagine the seriousness of his demise because less than 2 years later, on 25 April 1918, Cecil died in Cotgrave, aged 28. The cause of death was certified as Tuberculosis and Haemoptysis. His grave is in the All Saints church cemetery.
In 1920 Gertrude Harriett married Charles E Jones in Nottingham.  CAMoulds Gravestone

His Date of Enlistment is given as 22nd May 1915 at Nottingham.

Date and Reason for Discharge; 25th October 1916 due to ‘Sickness’ under Para 392 XVI of Kings Regulations

Date of Death;  25 April 1916 at the age of 28 years with his occupation listed as ‘Army Pensioner’, the causes of death being certified as, first Tuberculosis of the Lungs and, second, Haemoptysis; The certificate was signed by Dr EE Alloway MB and his father, named on the certificate as J. Moulds, being present at death, which took place in Cotgrave.

He is Commemorated On  a Wall plaque in All Saints Church, Cotgrave.

His Family History Awaiting further research (e.g. Movements of parents from Sproxton, Leics to Cotgrave.

Cecil Arthur Moulds 1890 to 1918

Cecil Arthur MOULDS was born into a Leicestershire farming family on 7th February 1890 at a village called Sproxton which is near Melton Mowbray. His father Archibald John Moulds is listed on his birth certificate as a farmer’s son and his mother’s name is also listed as E A Moulds.

The next reference that we can find is in the 1911 Census of England and Wales where Cecil was living as a boarder or lodger in a boarding house at 3 Park Row Nottingham, and in which his occupation is listed as being Clerk (General)

On a modern (Google World) map of the area around 3 Park Row, it can be seen to be very near the site of the old Nottingham General Hospital. Was Cecil A Moulds perhaps employed as a clerk in the hospital ? This might explain why he joined the RAMC in 1915, and had a rapid advancement to the rank of Corporal, which he held at his discharge due to sickness in 1916?

The next mention found is Cecil’s attestation which he signed on joining the Royal Army Medical Corps as a clerk, on May 22, 1915.

This document is followed,  all too closely, by his discharge certificate, dated 25th of October 1916, on which the cause of discharge is given as “sickness” leading to his discharge under paragraph 392 XVI of Kings Regulations.

The last document found is a copy of his death certificate certifying that he died on 25 April 1918, at the age of 28 years with his occupation listed as Army Pensioner, the causes of death being certified as below.