BORN HULL 28/04/1898. SON OF WILLIAM MOAT (1867-1956) & EMILY NAYLOR (1873-1908), OF COLLEGE STREET, SUTTON, HULL (1911 CENSUS). HE HAD ONE BROTHER AND THREE SISTERS.
SERVED AS BOY 1ST CLASS, ROYAL NAVY. DIED AT SEA, ON 01/01/1915, AGED 16. HIS DEATH WAS REPORTED IN THEHULL TIMES, ON 13/02/1915, WITH HIS PHOTOGRAPH. *
HIS NAME IS RECORDED ON THE SUTTON VILLAGE MEMORIAL AND THE CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, KENT.
Formidable HMS; 15.000 ton battleship, built Portsmouth 1898. 430ftx75ft. 15,000hp triple-expansion engines. Armed: four 12in, twelve 6in, sixteen 12-pounder and six 3-pounder guns, four torpedo tubes. Sunk about 25 miles off Portland by the German submarine U-24 whose captain was Kapitanleutnant Rudolph Schneider. He fired two torpedoes, the first hit the starboard side and the second, fired about 50 minutes later, hit the port side. Formidable was part of the 5th Battle Squadron, which consisted of eight battleships and two cruisers, which had been steaming along the south coast of England in the English Channel from the east. 547 men lost their lives, 233 survived. Read more at wrecksite: https://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?405