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Frederic Walter Moss, Second Lieutenant Leicestershire Regiment, attached Royal Engineers

​Frederick Walter Moss came up to Cambridge in 1913 as the Loughborough Scholar from Loughborough Grammar School. 

Born in Loughborough, Leicestershire: 19 June 1894

Fell in action: 28 May 1918

He gained a first class in Part I of the Mathematical Tripos in 1914.  In 1916, he was awarded Junior Optimes in Part II of the Mathematical Tripos and took his BA. After graduation he joined the Suffolk Regiment as a private soldier before being commisisoned.

Unfortunately, this is all we know about Moss as there is no obituary for him, which is particularly surprising as he was one of only 23 students in residence in Easter Term 1916.  The Jesus College Cambridge Society Annual Report 1916 provides little detail of activities that year, not least because of the “greatly increased cost of printing and publishing” but also as there was, of course, very little going on.  The Annual Report commented that of the 23 students in residence it was notable that there were a number who were not of English birth and included one “learned young B.D. of Harvard University”. (p. 10)

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission provides no further information other than to record that he is remembered on the Soissons Memorial in Aisne, France.

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