Malvern College Second World War Casualty

S/Ldr. Eric Lawrence Moxey G.C.

House and time at Malvern: 6, 1907 - 1911.

Regiment: R.A.F..
Died: 27 August 1940 aged in England. Attempting to defuse unexploded bomb.
Cemetery: Cudham (Ss. Peter And Paul) Churchyard, Orpington Sec. NN. Grave 26.

Son of William Hall Moxey and Margaret Lawrence Moxey, 111 Gresham House, Old Broad St.
Husband of Mary Arthur Moxey, of Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. His son, Nigel Hall Moxey, also died on service.
Director of the Moxey Conveyor and Transport Co., Ltd.

'He served throughout the last war as a Captain in the 12th Bn. York and Lancashire Regt., and in the R.F.C. In March, 1939, he was commissioned as a Pilot Officer in the Administrative and Special Duties Branch of the R.A.F. Volunteer Reserve, and served at home and in France, from where being on a special mission in the neighbourhood of Paris at the time of the collapse of the French Armies he escaped only with great difficulty. He was also a recognised expert in dealing with unexploded bombs and was constantly called upon for this hazardous work in the succeeding months. It was in this way that he lost his life in August. Full of life and energy in all he did, Eric Moxey was also one of the most loyal of Malvernians, and had four sons at the School. To his wife and to them we offer our deep sympathy in the loss of so gallant a husband and father.' (Malvernian, Dec 1940).

Citation, London Gazette of 17th Dec 1940:
'On 27th August, 1940, it was reported that two unexploded bombs were embedded in an aerodrome. Squadron- Leader Moxey, a technical intelligence officer employed at the aerodrome, immediately volunteered to remove them, although fully aware of the risk entailed. One of the bombs exploded, causing his death. On many occasions Squadron Leader Moxey has exhibited similar complete disregard for his personal safety.'