Raymond Westley Moad

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MOAD, Raymond Westley

Service no: 16413 [1]

Place of birth: Spring Hill, 14 January 1891

Address: Little Springs, Spring Hill

Occupation: Farmer

Next of kin: Arthur Moad, Little Springs, Spring Hill

Date of enlistment: 29 January 1916

Place of enlistment: Casula

Age at enlistment: 25

Fate: Attended camp, B Company Depot, from 11 February 1916 to 7 March 1916. Transferred to Australian Army Medical Corps (AAMC), Liverpool, 16 March 1916. Transferred to 4th Australian General Hospital, Randwick 20 May 1916. Embarked RMS Orontes, Sydney, on 19 December 1916. Disembarked Plymouth 17 February 1917. Proceeded overseas to France 6 April 1917. Taken on strength 4th Field Ambulance 10 May 1917. Proceeded to England for furlough 17 February 1918. Rejoined unit in Belgium 8 March 1919. Detached to 12th Field Ambulance 26 March 1919. Proceeded to England 15 April 1919. Returned to Australia 10 August 1919. Discharged from AIF 16 September 1919.

Date of death: 23 Sep 1976, Orange Hospital

Buried: Orange Cemetery

Raymond Westley Moad was born in 1891, the 2nd youngest of 15 children born to Arthur Moad and his wife Mary Ann nee Ward who farmed Little Springs at Spring Hill. Arthur was the preacher at the Spring Hill Methodist church for 45 years; where he was also the superintendent of the Sunday School.

Raymond worked on the family farm; he enlisted in WWI in January 1916, aged 25. Ray served in the 4th Field Ambulance, and worked as a wardsman at Liverpool and Randwick Hospital for several months prior to embarkation.

Private Moad served for three years in England and France. It seems that he was most fortunate in that he escaped being wounded for the duration of his service. He returned to Australia on 10 August 1919. On the following Tuesday a public ceremony was held to welcome Raymond and five other soldiers back to Spring Hill. A “splendid banquet” was served, speeches delivered and musical items rendered. [2]

Raymond resumed playing cricket, and was a member of the Spring Hill Reserve Grade Cricket Club during the 1920s. On 8 June 1927 he married Eva Russell and settled in Orange; the couple had four children. In 1942 Ray enlisted in WWII, aged 51. Raymond died in Orange in 1976, aged 85. He is buried in Orange Cemetery.

Raymond is commemorated on the Spring Hill Church Roll of Honor.

Raymond’s younger brother - Francis Cornwall Moad - also served in WWI; he died of wounds received in France in 1916.

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