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William Moore 1873-1905

PostPosted: 04 Sep 2017 03:27
by Ernest Leech
William (aka Jack) Moore, 15 Sep 1873 - 10 Mar 1905 (bronchitis).

I do not know anything of his military record, but believe that while he was serving, he dived from the walkway over Tower Bridge as a planned exploit, though the Tower Bridge archivist has not, to date, found any reference to this. Family legend suggests that he may have been an army physical training or swimming instructor.
His serving period could not have been outside 1879-1904. He was also an engineer's draftsman & writer.
any information at all would be appreciated.

Re: William Moore 1873-1905

PostPosted: 06 Sep 2017 12:49
by BingandNelsonFan
Hi! I'm trying to look him up on the genealogy databases. Can you post any other info you have about him? Do you know his parents' names, where he was born and died, was he married, etc? Also, do you know what regiment he served with?

I'm trying to see if I can find anything about him in newspapers, but I would need a bit more info to use as search words.

Re: William Moore 1873-1905

PostPosted: 08 Jan 2018 23:47
by Ernest Leech
Thanks for your comments Sarah.
I now have on the gentleman:
His parents were Henry Moore 1853-1925 & Elizabeth (née Leech) Moore 1848-1931
He married Isabel Pendered 1873-1956 in Q3 1895
A family story is that he is reputed to have dived from the top of Tower Bridge, London while a swimming instructor in the Army. Apparently this is a difficult feat, since if the tide is low, there is a danger of hitting the bottom, and if the tide is flowing or ebbing, there is a danger of being dashed against the piles. It therefore has to be done at high slack water, and would have needed considerable support staff.
(The Tower Bridge archives have not identified the incident, although on their own admission, they are apparently not comprehensive enough at present to deny it.)
At present, there is no record of his military history, nor of any independent account of the feat.
His regiment is not known. It is this missing fact seems to be the crux of the problem.

Re: William Moore 1873-1905

PostPosted: 09 Jan 2018 18:55
by jf42
All the other perils aside, because of the surface tension, diving into water from any great height would be as diving onto concrete unless the diver enters at the correct angle.

Such an event is unlikley to have gone unoticed by the press. I suggest checking the British Library Newspaper archive. There is modest fee for a month's access.

Re: William Moore 1873-1905

PostPosted: 11 Jan 2018 01:25
by BingandNelsonFan
I have access to those papers, and the only two divers who performed a dive off of the Tower Bridge (as an exhibition/stunt) between the years of 1893-1905 were William Finney (professional diver who performed the stunt successfully) and Ben Fuller (another pro who was killed during the dive). One Daniel McIntosh dove off the bridge and successfully saved a five year old boy who had fallen off and into the Thames. Other than those three instances, I haven't been able to find any other dives. You can search those papers free on multiple sites. If anyone finds a result that looks promising, just let me know and I'll check it out.