William Everett Moss KX 108647 HMS Prince of Wales
It is with deep regret that I announce the passing of William Everett Moss KX 108647 HMS Prince of Wales on 4th May 2012 at the grand age of 92.
The day before Bill died he had driven to the supermarket to do his shopping, had cleaned his car, had been for a long walk, had been to the gym, had watched the football on the television and had then gone to bed and fallen asleep for the last time.
He was buried in Middlewich Cheshire with the Standards of the Royal Navy, The Burma Star Association and the British Legion. His coffin was covered with the Ensign (is this correct?) and the Burma Star flag. He left the church to the sound of Elgar's Enigma Variation Nimrod.
About 70 people attended his funeral.
I think we did him proud!!!
In his latter years he suffered badly with skin cancer on his forhead, face and nose but always managed to smile.
His motto was "if it didn't make you smile then it wasn't worth bothering with"
He is survived by two sons, 4 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
One grandchild has kept his medals,Naval Beret and his de-mob suitcase together with all newspaper cutting of his life story on the Prince of Wales
and will be passing it all onto to his child.
I have spent many an hour in our kitchen listening to his story of the sinking of HMS Prince of Wales and how Bill got out of a Life Boat to swim to get a Carly Float.