Unveiling of a Memorial to Thomas Ivor Moore, Killed during an Air Raid

Unveiling of Memorial to Thomas Ivor Moore

Title: Unveiling of Memorial to Thomas Ivor Moore
Description: Taken from Woking News and Mail, 18 January 1918 by-nc

Taken from the Woking News and Mail, 18 January 1918

“Woking Citizen’s Memorial

Unveiling at Secondary School

Tribute to the Late Mr Ivor Moore

Amongst the numerous losses which Woking has sustained by the war none has caused greater sorrow than the death in a London air raid of Mr. T. Ivor Moore, one of its most public spirited citizens, and chairman of the Governors of their County Secondary School at Woking. It was fitting, therefore, that his memory should be perpetuated in our midst.

A memorial tablet was unveiled on Monday afternoon in the great hall of the school by Lady Betty Balfour, in the presence of an assembler large of the scholars and members of the teaching staff. The chair was occupied by Mr W. R. Skeet, [Justice of the Peace] (chairman of the Higher Education Committee), and amongst those present on the platform were Canon Devereux, the Rev W.H. Tebbit, Mrs Skeet, Mrs H A Whitburn, Mr P H White, [Justice of the Peace], [County Councillor] (chairman of the Education Committee), Mr S S Borman [Justice of the Peace], Dr Dowson, Mr W Finch, Mr Joshua Holden, [Master of Arts] (headmaster).

Letters of regret and sympathy were red from Mrs T Ivor Moore, the Right [Honourable] Gerald Balfour, Mr A Harvey, Mr W S Patey, Mr H A Whitburn.

The Chairman said that they were there to render homage to the memory of the late chairman of the governing body of that school, a gentleman who had played an important part in the educational life of the town. His activity had fallen into two periods. The first was under the old School Board, when he was chairman of the Finance Committee, with very great benefit to that body, his business experience enabling him to affect considerable savings without impairing the educational efficiency. The second period since the formation of the Woking Educational Committee when Mr Moore was unanimously elected chairman of the body appointed to look after those schools, a position which he occupied until his death. When the present building was in course of erection he gave great help to those concerned through his special technical knowledge, as he also did it subsequent equipment. His interest in education was deep and far-seeing, and he lost no opportunity of helping to stimulate local educative work. He made a most admirable chairman. His manner was always distinguished by courtesy, and his conduct by punctuality and method. His death had come to them all is a very great shock, and those who knew him best felt they would like to give some expression to their feelings towards him by some sort of memorial. The scholastic staff and boys of the school had desired to associate themselves with it, he was glad to say, and they, therefore, felt this could best be done by placing the memorial where it would be before the eyes of present and future scholars. Mr Skeet then invited Lady Betty Balfour to perform the unveiling ceremony.

Lady Betty Balfour withdrew the curtain and disclosed a handsome copper tablet, bearing the inscription: ‘in memory of Thomas Ivor Moore, 1914-17, killed in a German Air Raid, 13th June, 1917. This tablet is placed here as a mark of respect and affection by his colleagues and the staff and boys of the school.’

Her Ladyship said: It is a great privilege to me to be asked to unveil this memorial of the first chairman of the governing body of the school. Mr Skeet has admirably told you the reason for it. When we look on the tablet we shall associated always with a lovable and good man-a man who is not only good himself, to express that goodness to others by devoting his services to the benefit of the community. Besides these recollections we shall have in looking at that tablet, we must also associated in our minds with the suffering resulting from the cruelty of war. It showed the cruel injustice of war that one of such a noble character, whom even his country’s enemies would hardly have desired to kill, should fall a victim to it. It is possible that, as time goes on, other panels may be placed around that wall, but, if so, however many distinguished names there may be, there are none likely to be more worthy of honour and that of Mr Ivor Moore Commemorated on the tablet before them.

The ceremony concluded with the singing of him and a short prayer, followed by the Benediction pronounced by Canon Devereux.”

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