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37102   Worker Sara Mabel Moore
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 09/11/2018
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps (British Army)
Died: 01/04/1919 (Died of Illness)
Age: 19
Summary      
Sara Moore was the daughter of Annie Jane Moore. Sara Matilda ‘Mabel’ Moore was born about 1900 in th United States of America. The 1911 census records an 11 year old Sarah living in Mawillian, Springhill, Moneymore. Her mother was a widow. Mabel was an assumed name. Sara Mabel Moore died in Belfast on 1st April 1919 of Tubercular Meningitis at the Mater Hospital in Belfast. She had been ill for 21 days. Sara Moore was 19 years old when she died.
Further Information
Sara Moore was the daughter of Annie Jane Moore.
Sara Matilda ‘Mabel’ Moore was born about 1900 in th United States of America.
GRONI has no record of any Mabel Moore being born in Northern Ireland between 1898 and 1902.
Known family: Annie Jane Moore, Sarah Matilda Woods Moore (born about 1900), John Robert Moore (born about 1904).
The 1911 census records an 11 year old Sarah Matilda Moore living in house 16 in Mawillian, Springhill, County Londonderry. Her mother, Annie Jane Moore, was a widow. Both Sarah and her brother John Robert were born in America.
It seems Mabel was an assumed name.
Mabel Moore died in Belfast on 1st April 1919 of Tubercular Meningitis at the Mater Hospital in Belfast. She had been ill for 21 days.
Sara Moore was 19 years old when she died.
Her death details list that she was from Moneymore and that she was with the W.A.A.C.
S Mabel Moore grave
The Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps was established in March 1917 and made up of volunteers of whom 57,000 were eventually employed. The first WAAC’s moved to France on 31st March 1917 and by early 1918 there were some 6,000 WAACs based there, though most woman served at the home front. It was officially renamed Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps (QMAAC) in April 1918 although the title was not generally accepted by the WAACs. The Organization mirrored the military model, their officers were ranked as Controllers and Administrators, non-commissioned officers were ranked as Forewomen and the equivalent of an army private was ranked as a Worker. The women were tasked with duties such as, cooking, catering, cleaning, telephony, motor vehicle maintenance and administration work etc. WAAC / QMAAC were formally under the control of the War Office and were a part of the British Army.
A recently discovered document confirms that she was called Sara Mabel Moore.
Worker S Moore is buried in Desertlyn Old Graveyard, Moneymore, County Londonderry. She has a Commonwealth War grave headstone.
S Mabel Moore death certificate
The CWGC’s burial record lists Sara’s next of kin as Mr J R Moore of Ballindrum, a neighbouring townland of Mawillian. This would mean that his next of kin was his younger brother, which would imply his mother had died.
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Desertlyn Old Graveyard Moneymore Buried in Desertlyn Old Graveyard 54.693802 -6.671705
References and Links
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1 1911 Census lists Moore family 1911 census lists Sara Moore as age 11 at house 15 in Mawillian, Springhill, Londonderry
2 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Worker Sara Mabel Moore's grave cannot be purchased here
3 www.cairogang.com Confirms name as Sara Mabel Moore
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2018