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Walter Launcelot Moore

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Walter Launcelot Moore (1872-1913)

1913 Obituary [1]

Engineer-Commander WALTER LAUNCELOT MOORE, R.N., was born at Southsea, on 24th October 1872, being the son of Mr. Stephen H. Moore, Paymaster-in-Chief of the Royal Navy.

He studied at King's College, London, and in 1889 attended the Royal Naval Engineering College at Keyham.

In 1893 he went to the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, and in the following year he served as assistant engineer on H.M.S. "Raleigh" until 1895, when he was transferred to H.M.S. "Majestic."

Two years later he was promoted to be Senior Engineer on H.M.S. "Barracouta."

Subsequently he was in charge of the building of the torpedo range at Portland, where he was also engaged in testing and running torpedoes.

In 1909 he was appointed on the staff of H.M.S. "Blake" for the inspection of destroyers until 1911, when he was appointed to H.M.S. "Victory" for supervision of the building of H.M.S. "Maidstone" at Greenock, which was the first and most complete floating repair ship ever built for submarines. At the time of his death he was serving on the "Maidstone" as inspecting engineer of submarines of the Portsmouth Depot.

While on board a submarine in the Irish Sea an explosion took place in the engine-room, with the result that he received such scalds and injuries that his death took place in the Royal Naval Hospital, Pembroke Dock, on 11th June 1913, in his forty-first year.

He was elected a Member of this Institution in 1901.

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