George Gordon Mosley

Rank Major
Service No Unknown
Date of Death 07/08/1918
Age 33
Regiment/Service 37th Lancers (Baluch Horse) 37th Calcutta Presidency Battalion
Memorial Madras 1914-1918 War Memorial, Chennai, India. The memorial bears the names of more than 1,000 servicemen who died durng the 1st World War and lie in many civil cemeteries in various parts of India where it is not possible to maintain their graves in perpetuity. George is buried in Calcutta Cemetery (Lower Circular Road).


George was born in Finchley to Isaac Mosely (1852-1931) and his wife Sarah (b.1852), nee Oakes, in early 1885 and baptised on 9th May at St Mary-at-Finchley. His parents, who were married at St Mary’s Islington on 17th September 1882, had two other children: Isaac (1883-1942) and Dorothy Lydia (1888-1953), who married Thomas Wayman (1875-1926), a wool merchant, in 1910. Dorothy was baptised in St Paul’s by the vicar on 19th May 1888 and the baptism register lists the family’s address as 18, Upper Station Road, Finchley. George was educated at Christ’s College Finchley.

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family lived at Newstead, Nether Street, Finchley. His father’s trade is listed as ‘an East Indian Merchant (Employer)’. At the time of the 1911 Census, his parents were still resident at Newstead and Isaac was the only one of their three children living with them.

Mr I Mosley, either George’s father or brother, gave £1 1s on 24th September 1902 to the East Window Fund at St Paul’s Finchley.

George married Beatrice Elizabeth Inez MacGowan (1894-1988) of 5, Cromwell Gardens, South Kensington, at Holy Trinity, Chelsea, on 1st March 1916. The marriage service was conducted by Beatrice’s father, William, who was then the vicar of St Peter’s Bayswater.

At the time of his marriage, George was a Captain in the 2nd Calcutta Rifles. He was promoted to Major on 1st April 1917. As a Major he might have commanded the Battalion – though it was more usual for a Battalion to be commanded by a Lieutenant-Colonel, with a Major being second-in-command. At full establishment it consisted of 1,007 men of whom 30 were officers.  

George and Beatrice had one son, also George Gordon Mosley, who was born on 15th September 1918 - a month after his father’s death. George Jr was educated at Charterhouse School, King’s College Cambridge, the Sorbonne University in Paris and the University of Zurich, before working for the BBC for 18 years. He was married in Agra, India, in March 1945 and died in 1993.

At the time of his death from enteric (typhoid fever), George was serving in the 37th Lancers (Baluch Horse) 37th Calcutta Presidency Battalion. On 19th June 1919 his brother, Isaac, a solicitor, travelled from the Port of London to Bombay. After more than 10 years as a widow, Beatrice married Thomas Percy Stewart on 22nd February 1930.