Rev. Andrew Umphray Moffatt

Army Chaplain's Dept

Personal Details

Born: 26 August 1881 in Brunthill, Walls, Shetland Islands, Scotland.

Family: He was the eldest of two children born to John and Jane Moffatt. He also had a younger half sister. He married Barbara Agnes Bishop Calderhead in 1907 and together they had 2 children – Phyllis Scott Umphray and Joan. Barbara died 27 March 1919; he subsequently married Constance May Newbrook on 11 April 1923 in Castle Hill Methodist Church, Whitchurch, Shropshire. There were no children for this marriage.

Residence: In 1891 he lived in Edinburgh St. Stephens, Midlothian, Scotland; in 1901 he was living at 64 Aglionby Street, Carlisle, Cumbria. In 1902 he moved to Armadale, West Lothian, Scotland as minister in charge of the Methodist Church and in 1905 he moved to Annan in Dumfriesshire. From 1908 to 1912 he served at the Primitive Methodist Chapel in Cecil Street, Carlisle. From 1912 to 1922 he was the minister at the Dodington Congregational Chapel in Whitchurch, Shropshire and lived at The Manse, 22 Dodington. In 1922 he took up a new appointment at Salisbury Park, Wrexham, Denbighshire, Wales. At the time of his death he was living at 2 Carlton Villas, Wrexham.

Employment: He was ordained as a minister of the Congregational Church on 27 September 1904 in Annand, Scotland. He was a Temporary Chaplain to the Forces between 1916 and 1918.

Died: 28 May 1927 in Wrexham, aged 45, and was buried in Wrexham cemetery.

Military Details

Regiment: Army Chaplain’s Department

Rank: Temporary Chaplain to the Forces, 4th Class, United Board

Service Number:

Date of Enlistment: 17 February 1916

Date of Discharge: 1918

Reason for Discharge: Not known

Other information: He wrote letters back to his congregation which paint a graphic picture of what life was like on the front. Copies of these are held in Whitchurch Museum, Shropshire.

Medals and Awards

Not known

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