Memorable Manitobans: Arthur Aldridge Moss (1881-1962)
Born at Glasgow, Scotland on 8 August 1881, the eldest child of music professor and composer Alfred Moss (R.A.M.) and Janet Paterson Gifford, he matriculated at Glasgow University before enlisting in the British Army in 1900 as a private. He served as an infantryman in the Gordon Highlanders for twelve years during which time he fought in the Boer War. He was discharged with the rank of corporal. At the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, he re-enlisted and was commissioned Captain the same year. He was promoted to Major in 1915 and commanded a battalion of the 9th Highland Light Infantry in France where he was wounded. He was discharged in 1920.
After the war, he worked as a tailor and clothier in Glasgow before moving with his family to Brandon in 1923. He was hired by Tip Top Tailors, becoming its Manager in 1931. He enjoyed singing and was active in amateur dramatics in Brandon.
In 1941, at the age of 59, he enlisted in the army and was appointed to No. 10 Company of the Veterans Guard of Canada with the rank of Lieutenant. He was promoted to Captain in 1942. He served as an adjutant and administrative officer at a number of Prisoner of War (POW) camps in Ontario, Quebec, and Alberta. For much of the period from 1943 to 1945, he was stationed at a POW camp in Lethbridge, Alberta and after the war, he accompanied POWs to Britain for repatriation. He was discharged in 1946. Highly regarded by his superiors, a description from his military file notes:
He was awarded the MBE in 1945 for which the citation reads:
In 1913, he married Ella Margaret Rodick (1885-1972) at Glasgow and they had three children: Elma Marjorie Moss (b 1914, wife of Robert James Snazel), Arthur Alfred Paterson Moss (1915-2008, husband of June Bernice Bartlett), and Mae Evelyn Moss (b 1926, wife of T. Harold Corbett).
Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950, Ancestry.
Musical Scotland by D. Baptie, 1894.
British Army Service Records 1760-1915, FindMyPast.
All Canada, Ocean Arrivals (Form 30A), 1919-1924, Ancestry.
Military file, Library and Archives Canada.
Courage & Service: Second World War Awards to Canadians, CD-ROM compiled by John Blatherwick and Hugh Halliday and produced by Service Publications, Ottawa.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 30 March 1962.
Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Brenda V. Curtis.
Page revised: 8 March 2017
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