Sold with the recipient's Anzac Plaque, in fitted case, with related lapel badge; the Memorial Plaque and Victory Medal awarded to his brother, 2nd Lieutenant J.A. Moore, A.I.F., who was killed in action with the 18th Battalion at Hill 60, Gallipoli on 22.8.1915; and a fine series of picture postcards depicting the Australian Senior Cadets at a number of events during their 1911 overseas trip for King George V's Coronation.
C.M.G. London Gazette 1.1.1919.
D.S.O. London Gazette 22.9.1916 'For conspicuous gallantry when leading his men during an attack under very heavy shell fire. He led through an intense barrage to an advance position in the line just captured'.
Belgian Order of the Crown London Gazette 21.9.1917.
Belgian Croix de Guerre London Gazette 8.3.1918.
Mention in Despatches London Gazette 28.1.1916; 2.1.1917 and 27.12.1918.
Colonel Donald Ticehurst Moore, C.M.G., D.S.O., was born at Singleton, New South Wales, in March 1892, the son of the late Thomas Henry Moore. Having joined the Australian Senior Cadets, he was selected to accompany the Official Contingent sent to attend the Coronation of King George V. Advanced to 2nd Lieutenant in the 18th (North Sydney) Infantry in February 1913, an appointment that was confirmed in February 1914, he became a founding Officer of the 3rd Battalion, A.I.F. which was formed at Randwick, N.S.W. on the outbreak of hostilities. The Battalion set sail from Sydney in October 1914 and after training exercises at Mena Camp it sailed for Mudros. Then on 25.4.1915 it landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in daylight, Moore being credited with holding a rifle pit on McLaurin's Hill on that date. After four days in the frontline trenches the 3rd were relieved by the R.M.L.I. but after a short rest they returned to the front. At about this time Moore received promotion to Captain and became O.C. 'C' Company. As part of the 1st Australian Infantry Brigade, the 3rd were next selected for the assault on Lone Pine, in order to draw away Turkish reserves which might have been employed against the British landings at Sulva Bay. Zero Hour was set for 5.30 p.m. on 6.8.1915. Bean's Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-1918 takes up the story:
'"Prepare to jump out", said Moore, putting his whistle between his teeth. A scatter of falling bags and Moore and his men scrambled from the bay. In the first rush, a number of the 3rd Battalion led over the Turkish front by Captain Moore and Lieutenant Garnham, found themselves looking down into it while a number of the enemy scurried past to the rear. After many of these had been shot, Moore ordered his men into the trench. The Australians would bend over the sap when they heard a Turk, fire at him and then stand back again until they heard another. Both Moore and Garnham were wounded during this procedure. When Moore leaped into the trench he fell on the bayonet of a dying Turk and was wounded. Garnham was killed two days later. The problem of removing the wounded was a serious and difficult one. Moore had his thigh badly shattered and he lay for a long period forgotten among the heap of dead. He was discovered by Lieutenant P.W. Woods, who saw him safely into the hands of the stretcher bearers'.
One of Moore's 3rd Battalion comrades, Private J. Hamilton, was awarded the V.C. and for his own part in the attack Moore was Mentioned in Despatches by Sir Ian Hamilton. His wounds were severe, for in addition to the bayonet injury received at the outset of the action, he had been hit by shrapnel in the left buttock, the resultant damage penetrating his muscles and occasioning their removal. In September he sailed for England in the Hospital Ship Letitia and was admitted to the 2nd London General Hospital. In fact Moore did not rejoin his Battalion in Egypt until the end of February 1916, by which time he had been advanced to Major.
In March the 3rd embarked for France, arriving at Steenbecque on the last day of the month. But Moore's frontline experiences were to be shortlived. On 25 July, just prior to the advance on Pozires, a high velocity shell hit the back of his trench, killing outright five men who had been gathered around him studying a map. Following this miraculous escape, he picked up a gunshot wound to his right shoulder on 19 August, once more being sent to London for treatment. Awarded the D.S.O., he rejoined the Battalion at the end of the year and was appointed Lieutenant-Colonel and C.O. In that capacity he led the 3rd through the bloody fighting at Hermies in April 1917, the Second Battle of Bullecourt, when it suffered casualties of over 60 killed and 250 wounded, the capture of Broodseinde Ridge in October 1917, when yet again it sustained serious casualties, the enemy's Spring Offensive of 1918, and finally the Battle of Proyart and more specifically the fighting at Arcy Wood.
'Quiet and unassuming', Moore was one of the youngest Battalion C.Os of the A.I.F., being just 24 years old when advanced to Lieutenant-Colonel. His services were further rewarded by a C.M.G. in January 1919 and he relinquished his command in May 1920. Returning to his pre-War profession as an accountant, the gallant Moore re-enlisted for the duration of the 1939-45 War and held, among other appointments, that of Area Commander for Ingleburn. In addition he sat on the Court of Enquiry set up to investigate the famous Japanese P.O.W. outbreak at Cowra in August 1944. Discharged in March 1945, the Colonel finally claimed his Anzac Plaque and 1939-45 awards in 1972. He died at Mona Vale, N.S.W. later that year.