William George Moisey was born at Badsey on 1st August 1899, the third of nine children and only son of George and Julia Moisey. He was baptised in St James’ Church, Badsey, on 24th August 1899. William attended Badsey School from 1902-1912.
On leaving school, William went into market gardening like his father, and worked for Charles Binyon. William became eligible for conscription in 1917. He served firstly with the 4th Hampshire Regiment and then the 22nd London, The Queen’s Royal Regiment.
In the second quarter of 1924, William married Elsie Annie Green in Evesham. Shortly after this, William and his new bride sailed from Liverpool on 27th June for a new life in Canada, following in the wake of his older sister, Rosa. He said that he intended to remain permanently in Canada and to take up farming. He paid for the passage himself and would be joining his brother-in-law, W D Agg, at Port Whitby, Ontario.
Whilst in Canada, William and Elsie had two daughters: Irene Joyce (1930-2000) and Margaret Joan (1932). However, things obviously did not work out quite as planned in Canada and the Moisey family returned to England, arriving at Liverpool on 26th January 1936. They gave their proposed address as 5 Anchor Buildings, Cowl Street, Evesham, which was the home of Elsie’s mother. By the time of the 1939 register, they were living in Badsey at 1 Sands Lane.
Elsie died at Badsey on 10th December 1966, aged 65, and William died at Badsey on 23rd March 1972. They were both buried in the churchyard of St James. The following report appeared in the Parish Magazine of May 1972:
A very hard-working man of independent character, son of the former sexton and parish clerk. He had lived and worked for some years in Canada. An interesting and agreeable man to know. Our sincere sympathy with the family.