Guardsman William Gill Moore (7020985) served in 2nd Battalion Irish Guards during World War Two. Known as Bill, he was the son of Mr. ES Moore and Mrs. Moore of 45 Sandymount Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim.
Bill’s father served with 10th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in World War One. He suffered severe injuries and received the Military Medal for his contribution.
Bill had married a woman from Yorkshire, England and in 1944 she served with the Auxiliary Territorial Service in England.
Guardsman Moore died on 17th September 1944. He was a crew member of a tank of the Irish Guards. The tank was part of the Operation Market Garden advance into the Netherlands. The Guards broke out of their bridgehead at Lommel, Belgium heading for Arnhem, Netherlands.
Ambush at Valkenswaard
In the first stages of the advance, the Wehrmacht ambushed 9 of the Irish Guards’ tanks as they advanced towards Valkenswaard, Netherlands. No. 3 Troop lead the advance and they lost their last 3 tanks. No. 1 Troop followed and lost their first 6 tanks. Panzerfäuste fired by Leutnant Gunther Finke’s tank destroyer platoon took out all the tanks in under 2 minutes. Moore’s tank was one of them.
Commander of the Sherman tank was Lance Sergeant Dave Roper of No. 1 Troop. Moore was the wireless operator on board. The remaining crew members were gunner A Saunders, driver O’Riley, and co-driver G Dowd. O’Riley and Dowd escaped unhurt, Roper and Saunders sustained injuries in the attack.
As news broke of Bill’s death, his wife was on leave in Belfast, Co. Antrim. The Belfast-born guardsman received a temporary field burial near to where he fell but was reburied in a Commonwealth War Graves Commission plot.
William Gill Moore’s grave is in Section II, Row B, Grave 9 of Valkenswaard War Cemetery, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands. His name is on the Fitzroy Presbyterian Church war memorial in Belfast, Co. Antrim.