M.M. (GV) (Cpl. 23/R. Fus), 1914/15 Star (Cpl. 23/R. Fus.), B.W.M. Victory (2. Lieut. R.A.F.)
Alexander Edward Moir was born at Broughty Ferry, Angus, on 28th February 1893. A trainee lawyer in Dundee he enlisted as a private into the 23rd (1st Sportsman’s) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, January, 1915
The Battalion arrived in France on 16th November 1915 where they saw action at Festubert and Loos. In July 1916 the battalion fought its first battle at Delville Wood during the Battle of the Somme where it suffered 288 casualties.
The Battalion moved to Arras Front in April 1917 and was heavily engaged in the Battle of Arras, bitter fighting during the attack on the Oppy-Fresnoy Line on 3rd/4th May 1917. It was for his great gallantry in maintaining communications by repairing telephone lines under withering enemy machine gun
and artillery fire during this action that the then Acting Sergeant Moir was awarded his Military Medal.. His officer, Lt Bull, was awarded the Military Cross for his similar efforts.
Moir then applied for a commission in the Royal Flying Corps on 25th October 1917 and after successful pilot training was posted to No. 65 Fighter Squadron (Sopwith Camels) serving in France.
Moir was killed in action during aerial combat during the last weeks of the war when the squadron covered the Allied advance into Belgium. on 26th October 1918, the squadron was on an offensive patrol when ar 13/30 they came into contact with 25 Fokker Biplanes. Moir was the Pilot of Sopwith Camel Serial Number H7005, when he was killed in action, his aircraft being shot down in flames during aerial combat near Essenghem, Belgium,, the 29th victory of the Commanding Officer of Marine Jagdgruppe 1, Oberleutnant Zur See Gotthard Sachsenberg, who was awarded the Pour le Merite and ended the war with 31 victories. During the dogfight 65 Sqdn. lost 2 killed and in return 2 Fokker biplanes were confirmed crashed
Aged 25 at the time of his death, Alexander Edward Moir was initially buried as ‘an unidentified RFC airman’ in Anvaing Churchyard, Hainaut, Belgium, but his body was later exhumed in 1920 and finally identified by the presence of his Cox & Co cheque book which was still in the pocket of the tunic in which he was buried.