4. Mary, baptized 5th April 1744; buried
7th May 1746
5. James Robert R.N. baptized 5th December 1745,
died 2nd April 1801.
6. Joseph,baptized 27th March 1747; buried
8th July 1747.
7. Isabella, baptized 9th August 1748; married
Mr.Thomas Elderton and died 5th September 1813.
8. Penelope, baptized 28th May 1750; buried
5th October 1750.
9. Penelope, baptized 13th July 1751; married
Mr.John Mead of Tring and died 27th October 1820.
James Robert Mosse: baptized at Little Missenden,Bucks,
December 5th 1745 > entered the Royal Navy when 11 years 8
months old by the favour of the Captain of H.M.S.Burford
and was rated as Captain's Servant in that ship 6th August
1757. This was the usual way in which boys were trained
for commissioned rank in those days. James served as
Captain's Servant in the Burford until 31st October 1758.
On 28th November 1758 he joined H.M.S.Lizard as Ordinary
Seaman and Master's Mate, and remained in her until 20th
May 1763. Both these ships were on the North America and
West India Station. While serving in the Lizard as Master’s
Mate, James Robert Mosse was taken prisoner by the Americans*
"in which fate he continued till the Peace", as he writes in
his own memo.
The service of James Robert
Mosse in the Royal Navy is set out in the following
SHIP. RANK. ENTRY. DISCHARGE.
Hussar Master's Mate. Sept.6th 1763. Dec.22nd 1766
Tweed Master's Mate. Dec.27th 1766 Apl.19th 1770
Niger Did not join.
Yarmouth A.B and June 9th 1770 Nov 17th 1770
Bellona (1) Master's Mate Nov 18th 1770 March 12th 1771
Northumberland Midshipman Mch 13th 1771 Oct.4th 1771
Swallow Lieutenant Oct. 4th 1771 May 7th 1774
Orford Lieutenant May 7th 1774 Jan 3rd 1775
Buckingham (2) Lieutenant Jan 4th 1775 May 26th 1775
Half Pay - May 27th 1775 Mch 26th 1776
Juno Lieutenant Mch 27th 1776 Feb. 3rd 1778
Eagle (3) Lieutenant Feb. 4th 1778 Jan.27th 1779
Half Pay - Jan.28th 1779 July26th 1779
Arrogant Lieutenant July27th 1779 Aug.13th 1780
Half Pay - Aug.14th 1780 Oct. 2nd 1780
Alfred Lieutenant Oct. 3rd 1780 Dec.10th 1780
Vengeance (4) Lieutenant Dec.10th 1780 Aug.17th 1781
Half Pay - Aug.12th 1781 Apl. 9th 1782
Victory Lieutenant Apl.10th 1782 June 18th 1782
Pluto(Fire Ship)(5) Commander June19th 1782 Apl. 18th 1783
Half Pay (6) Master and Apl.19th 1783 May 6th 1790
Wasp (7) Captain May 7th 1790 Oct. 14th 1790
Half Pay Captain Oct.15th 1790 Feb. 14th 1793
Sandwich (8) Captain Feb.15th 1793 Sept.20th 1797
Braakel Captain Sept29th 1797 Apl. 7th 1798
Veteran (9) Captain Apl. 8th 1798 Apl. 30th 1799
Monarch (10) Captain May 1st 1799 Apl. 2nd 1801
Notes on the above Statement.
1.Served in and about the Channel in the Hussar, Tweed, Yarmouth
2.From 13th March 1771 until 26th May 1775 he served on the East
Indies Station with Sir Robert Harland who promoted him to
Lieutenant, 4th October 1771.
James wrote in a memo now in the
possession of Captain H.T.Mosse R.N. "Returned to England in the
"year 1775 in the Squardon, but with the loss of health occasioned
"by a blow from a piece of wood falling on his head when executing
"his duty and which rendered him incapable full fifteen months or
"indeed till he returned to his native climate".
3.From 27th March 1776 until 27th January 1779 he served on the
America Station with Lord Howe and was the Second Lieutenant
in the Eagle.
4.From 3rd October 1780 until 17th August 1781 he served on the
West Indies Station.
5.April 10th 1782. First Lieutenant to Lord Howe in the Victory
and accompanied him to the relief of Gibraltar in command of
the fire ship Pluto with the rank of Commander.
6.19th April 1783 his rank as Master and Commander was confirmed
and being placed on half-pay he was sent on impressment duty at
7.From 7th May 1790 until l/+th October 1790 he served in the
Channel as Captain of the Wasp. Date of Captain's commission
September 21st 1790.
8.From 15th February 1793 until 28th September 1797 he was in
command of the depot ship Sandwich at the Nore, and it was
during this period that the mutiny occured. Captain H.T.Mosse
R.N. has in his possession several letters written by seamen
to Captain James Robert Mosse begging him to intercede on
their behalf. The ringleader Parker was executed on board the
9.From 29th September 1797 until 30th April 1799 he served in
the North Sea in command of Braakel and Veteran.
10.The Monarch,Captain James Robert Mosse R.N., was the second
ship in the line of attack at the battle of Copenhagen and her
Captain was killed in the first few minutes. Midshipman
Millard described his death in these words : "His card of
"instructions was in his left hand, and his right hand was raised
"to his mouth with the speaking trumpet. He was laid in the
"stern-walk and a flag thrown over him," The Monarch suffered
terrible casualties; when Millard went down to the main deck
he found "not a single man standing the whole way from the main-
"mast forward". See "Nelson’s Band of Brothers", by Ludovic
There are memorials to
Captain Mosse in the Church at Wickham, Hampshire, where he lived;
and in St.Paul’s Cathedral, London. His Will, dated 19th April
1787, was proved 17th September 1801, P.C.C.
Captain James Robert Mosse R.N.
married 16th March 1780 Ann Grace, daughter of the Revd.Stephen
Kinchin of Stoke Charity,Hampshire; at Deane, Hampshire.
Mrs. Mosse died 21st January 1843, aged 83 years. There is also
a monument to her memory in Wickham Church.
From this marriage there were
six children :-
1. Robert Lee Mosse; born 5th January 1781, died 30th
2. Mary Ann; born 19th February 1784, died unmarried
28th March 1814. There is a memorial inscription
for her in the Church at Wickham.
3. Charles Mosse; born 30th June 1785. Major in the
Royal Artillery, married 8th April 1817, died 9th
4. William Philip Mosse R.N. Born 15th January 1787.
Died at sea in H.M.S.Athenienne, 20th October 1806.
5. Margaret; born 30th May 1789, died unmarried 26th
July 1866, and has a memorial in Wickham Church.
6. Elisa Amelia; born 8th December 1790. Married John
Blatherwick, Surgeon, of Fareham, Hants. Died 19th
December 1858 and was buried at Wickham where there
is a memorial for her.
Robert Lee Mosse; the eldest son of Captain Mosse, married on
30th August 1806. Eliza Bedford, the daughter of a Solicitor in
Portsmouth. For a great number of years Robert Lee Mosse was
Clerk of the Checque in H:M: Dockyard at Portsmouth and in this
capacity all the stores of the Dockyard were under his control.
He died at a house in West Street, Fareham on 30th July 1872
and was buried at Wickham. There is a memorial inscription to
him in the Church at Wickham. His Will was proved 31st August
1872 by his son-in-law the Rev. Charles Bedford.
Eliza, the wife of Robert
Lee Mosse, died at Fareham 23rd April 1855 and was buried at
Wickham where there is a memorial inscription to her.
Their marriage took place at
Paddington Old Church, in Middlesex and they had issue :-
1. James Robert Mosse; born 24th March 1809 at
Fareham where he died 26th June 1862.
2. Maria; born some time in 1807 and died 12th
October 1820 age 13 years.
3. Eliza; born some time in 1810 and died 27th
January 1846 unmarried
4. Prances; born 29th September 1813.She married
the Rev. Charles Bedford of Allesley, Warwickshire
and was buried at Allesley on 29th November 1888,
The Rev. Charles Bedford died at Allesley 11th
Charles Mosse, the second son of Captain J.R.Mosse R.N. was
born at Bramdean, Hants, on 30th June 1785. He entered the
Royal Horse Artillery 27th April 1801, having become a
Gentleman Cadet on 17th September 1799. He was promoted to
the rank of Second-Captain on 1st February 1808, and Captain
17th October 1823. He became Brevet-Major 27th May 1825.
Charles Mosse served in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick during
1808 and 1809 and again from 1819 to 1821}.. In 1813 he joined
the forces in the South of Prance and Spain and commanded a
Brigade at the passage of the Nive, for which he received the
medal. He also had charge of landing the large battering
train intended for Bayonne. Major Mosse was quartered at
Barbados in 1826 and during 1828 and 1829 he filled the
position of Deputy Judge Advocate-General at the Head-quarters
Wollwich. He died at Devonport 9th February 1831 and was
buried in the Old Parish Church-yard at Stoke.
On 8th April 1817, Charles
Mosse married Sarah Ann, daughter of William James Almon, a
Physician of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The marriage took place
at St.Luke’s Church, Chelsea. They had five children :-
1. Charles William; born 30th June 1818, died
13th April 1826.
2. Anna Prevost; born 2nd February 1820, died 16th April
3. Anna Amelia; born 18th June 1821, died
9th February 1826.
4. James Robert; born 31st May 1823, died a date
later than June 1900.
5. William; born 8th January, died 26th May 1921.
Sarah Ann Mosse, the widow
of Major Charles Mosse, died at Kilkenny 6th June 1846,and
was buried in St.John’s Churchyard in that city.
James Robert Mosse. the eldest surviving son of Major Charles
Mosse, became a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers,
and was awarded the Telford Medal. He served as Chief
Engineer of Railways in Nova Scotia, as General Manager of
the Mauritius Government Railway and subsequently for eleven
years, as Director of Public Works in Ceylon. He retired on
pension in 1882 and spent a considerable part of his leisure
in finding the genealogical details of our branch of the
family. It is due to his researches that we have the complete
pedigree as far back as the Robert Mosse who married Margaret
Hodgson at Crosby Garrett, Westmorland. He married at St.Paul’s
Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Harriett the second daughter of
Captain N.T.Hill, late of the Royal Staff Corps; and had issue
Harriett Hill Mosse, who was born 8th February 1887. His wife,
Harriett Mosse, died 16th February 1887 and was buried at
Three-mile Church on Bedford Basin, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
I have not been able to find the date of the death of James
Robert Mosse,M.I.C.E. It may have been in the later part of
1900 at a Nursing Home in Eastbourne.*
In 1891,J.R.Mosse placed a
stained-glass window in St.Philip’s Church, Earl’s Court Road,
Kensington, in memory of his father and mother and of his own
William Mosse. the youngest son of Major Charles Mosse,R.A.
was born at Woolwich on 8th January 1829. He was gazetted to
an Ensigncy without purchase in the 26th Regiment of Foot,
Cameronians, on 21st August 1849. He purchased his
Lieutenancy 5th December 1851, and his Company 25th August
1854. He was gazetted Major without purchase 4th April 1864
and retired upon half-pay on 29th April 1873. Major William
Mosse was gazetted Brevet Lieutenant Colonel 28th March 1874
and retired from the Army on 28th May 1874. He served with
the 26th.,in the Mediterranean, Bermuda, Canada and India.
He was on active service in the Abyssinian Expedition and
received the medal for that campaign. Colonel William Mosse
died unmarried 26th May 1921. For many years he was a member
of the United Services Club and from time to time helped his
brother James in his genealogical researches.
James Robert Mosse. the only son of Robert Lee Mosse, was born
at Fareham, Hants 24th March 1809. When he was sixteen years
old his father apprenticed him to William Nicholas Wickham and
William James Wickham, Surgeons and Apothecaries of the
Winchester, for five years, in consideration of the sum of £295,
with the proviso that during the last two years he should be
allowed to attend lectures in the London hospitals. The
Indenture is dated 15th March 1825.
James Robert Mosse became
a member of the Royal College of Surgeons and practised in
Fareham from about 1849 until his death on the 26th.,
June 1862 after a long illness with much pain.
He married on tne 22nd., August 1840, Emma, the daughter of
Captain Edward Bedwell Law of Staplegrove, Taunton, and their
first four children were born at Taunton ; so it is possible that
James was practising there as a doctor at that time.
Emma Mosse was born on the 3rd., March, 1815 and died at Wandsworth
Common, South London, on the 10th., November 1889. They had
1. James Robert, born on the 26th., August 1841
at Taunton, who became a senior Civil Servant
in the Admiralty Department. He married twice,
first Emily daughter of the Rev, James Gowen of
Lewisham, where J.R.Mosse was living at the time.
The marriage took place at St. Stephen’s Church,
Lewisham, on the 9th., May 1876. By this
marriage there were three sons :
(a) Robert Lee Mosse born at Lewisham on the
6th,, January 1877 who became a Master of the Supreme
Court of Judicature. He married Dorothy Rose
Vernon on the 15th., June 1910 and has four sons.
(b) Harry Tylden Mosse born at Lewisham on the
25th., February 1878, who entered the Royal Navy
and retired with the rank of Captain. He served
in the 1914-18 war and was mentioned in Despatches.
He married Violet Pemberton on the 30th., January
1908. He has a son and a daughter.
(c) Wilfred Russell Mosse, born at Croydon on the
1st., June 1683, who died three months later on the
Emily Gowen, J.R.Mosse’s first
wife was born in Bombay on the 31st., July 1848 and died on the
17th., October 1884 at Croydon, where she was buried in the
J.R.Mosse married secondly
Ellen Eunice daughter of Charles Harris. She was born at Sydney,
New South Wales, on the 29th. January 1859 and was married on the
19th., April 1888 at St. Annels, Eastbourne, Sussex. She died on
the 22nd., August 1908 and was buried in the cemetery at Croydon.
From this second marriage there were two children.
(a) William Shorland Mosse, born at Streatham,
Surrey on the 3rd., April 1891 : was educated at
Felstead. He was in Canada for three years and
during the 1914-18 war went to France with the 1st.,
Canadian Division and was twice wounded.
Commissioned in the Queen’s Royal Regiment in 1915
he served with that Regiment for three years in
France, being awarded the Military Cross and promoted
to the substantive rank of Captain. The citation
of the award is
"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty"
"when in command of a daylight raiding party. He"
"moved about ’No Man’s Land* in daylight between"
"his two parties while the raid was in progress"
"and showed complete disregard of danger. The"
"success of the raid was greatly due to his cool-"
"ness, courage and judgment, and to the able way"
"in which he trained and organised the party. Four"
Captain W.S.Mosse also served with the British
Expeditionary Force in Russia during 1919 ; and
afterwards bought Fowey Farm, Tzaneen, in the
Transvaal, South Africa, where he became a
successful orange grower. He married Martha
Cecilia Kirston on the 15th., December 1926 and
has a son and a daughter.
(b) Margaret Irene, born at Streatham on the 27th.,
February 1889 who married Mr. Alexander Cyril
Anthony of the Indian Civil Service, on the 6th.,
October 1913 and has two sons.
2. Alice Grace, the second child of Dr. J.R.Mosse, was
born at Taunton, on the 31st., August 1843 and
married on the 8th., July 1869 at Bridgnorth,
Shropshire, the Rev. Henry Parsons, who was Rector
of Bridgnorth from 1879 to 1905, when they retired
to Folkestone, Kent, where they both died. He died
on the 9th., May 1925 and she on the 9th., March
1931. There were three daughters and a son.
3. Gertrude Eliza, born at Taunton on the 16th.,
June 1845, died unmarried at Carshalton, Surrey
on the 15th., April 1910.
4. John Kinchin Mosse; "born at Taunton 5th June 1847. He
entered the Royal Navy and became Paymaster-in-Chief.
He married Jessie Woodland at Minehead,Somerset, on 2nd
September 1880, and after retiring from the Royal Navy
lived at Maidenhead,Berkshire,where he died 11th June
1919. Mrs.Jessie Mosse died at Maidenhead in November
1927. They had two children: Guy Fitzroy Mosse, born 8th
March 1884, who was an invalid from his infancy; and
Jessie Ellen Mosse,born 20th April 1885, who is still
living in Maidenhead and is unmarried.
5. Charles Wynne Mosse, the third son of Dr.J.R.Mosse, was
born at Fareham 2nd December 1850. He took Holy Orders
and became a Canon of Durham Cathedral, having served as
the Diocesan Missioner for many years. On 12th April
1910 he married Constance, daughter of Canon Body of Durham,
in the Cathedral at Durham. On 11th July 1917 Charles
Wynne Mosse was found dead in his stall in the Church of
All Saints, Wolverhampton,Staffordshire,of which he was
6. Frederick Edward Mosse, the fourth son,was born on 15th
April 1853 at Fareham. He entered the Merchant Navy as
a Cadet and was lost at sea 13th June 1871.
7. Arthur Henry Mosse, was born at Fareham 10th April 1856.
He took up a business life in the City of London and on
7th October 1911 married Dora,daughter of John Tatam
Stansby,at St.Luke1s,Balham, He died 22nd March 1939 at
Carshalton,Surrey, where he was living. He had no children.
8. Herbert Ryding Mosse, the youngest son of Dr. J.R.Mosse,
was born at Fareham,25th February 1858. Four years later
his father died,but the family continued to live for some
years at the house in High Street,Fareham. Herbert was
educated at Epsom College and later studied in Durham
University where he took the degree of Doctor of Medicine.
He also studied at Charing Cross Hospital London,and then
became House Physician at Bolinbroke Hospital,Wandsworth
Common,where he met Katharine Hammerton,the youngest
daughter of Charles Hammerton Esq.,of Stockwell. On 10th
June 1886,they were married in St.Andrew’s Church,Stockwell
and went to live at Hobart House on the North side of
Clapham Common. Dr.H.R.Mosse became a partner of Dr.Edgar
Spitter at Clapham,and qualified as a Member of the Royal
College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the Royal College of
Physicians. Mrs.Katharine Mosse was born 7th November 1861
at Princethorpe near Coventry, Warwickshire.
Dr. and Mrs.Mosse had four
children who were all born at Clapham.
1. Charles Herbert Mosse, born 17th March 1887, who took
Holy Orders and became the Vicar of Aldwick,Sussex. He
married Beatrice Elizabeth Watson and has three
2. Sydney Hugh Mosse, born 15th April 1889. He qualified
as a Solicitor,married Phyllis Ada Spencer on l4th April
1914 at St.Stephen’s,East Twickenham,Middlesex, and died
childless at Hampton Hill on 21st February 1920.
3. Philip Godfrey Mosse,born 10th January 1891. He was
studying to qualify as an architect when the first World
War started. He gained a commission in the 13th Batta-
lion,The Royal Warwickshire Regiment and was killed in
Mesopotamia 6th April 1916.
4. Olive Mary Katharine; born 10th October 1896,married
Francis Gordon Troup 20th January 1920 at St.Andrew’s,
Ashley Place,London S.W.1. and has four children.
Dr. H.R.Mosse retired from
medical practice in June 1910 and retired to Twickenham, then
later to Ifield,Sussex and to Roffey House,Horsham and finally
to Aldwick, where he died 30th June 1942.
Dr.Mosse spent the years of his
retirement in antiquarian studies. He became a Fellow of the
Society of Antiquaries and published two books : The Monumental
Effigies of Sussex 1250 A.D. to 1650, in 1931, which had a
second edition in 1933; and The Treasures of Sussex Churches
in 1937. He also assisted in reviving the Company of
Apothecaries in London, of which he was made an honorary
member, and received the Freedom of the City of London.