Captain Robert Gifford Moir, DSO, MC, 7th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, born at Alloa on 6 June 1894, was the younger son of Archibald Patrick Moir, a Solicitor, and Margaret Gifford Moir, of Marshill, Alloa.

His siblings were Archibald and Margaret.  

On 26 January 1916 the Alloa Circular reported:



We are pleased to notice from the London Gazette that Lieutenant R.G. Moir of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders has been promoted to the rank of Captain. Captain Moir, who is the second son of Bailie Moir (Captain), Marshill, Alloa, has seen much service in the trenches, having been out since the beginning of the war. Although slightly wounded on one occasion, and having run several narrow escapes he has, so far, been lucky enough to escape without serious wounds. His deeds on the field have already been recognised, and he received some time ago the distinction of the Military Cross for distinguished conduct. Before coming north he was summoned to attend the investiture at Buckingham Palace on Friday where he received his Military Cross decoration at the hands of the King. Captain Moir, who was destined for the Army, and joined before the War received his military training at Sandhurst.

Lieutenant Archibald Gifford Moir, 7th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, born at Alloa on 17 March 1890, was the elder son of Archibald Patrick Moir, a Solicitor, and Margaret Gifford Moir, of Marshill, Alloa.

He was educated at Edinburgh Academy, Banstead Hall, Surrey, and Fettes College, Edinburgh and on leaving there studied law, qualifying in 1914, with the intention of joining his father in business.

At Banstead Hall he was captain of the School, and gained all the important athletic prizes; at Fettes College he gained the gold medal in 1908, as the best athlete of his year; was captain of the Cricket XI; was also a brilliant three-quarter back at rugby football, and seemed to be marked out for International honours, but an accident to his knee while playing for the Edinburgh Academicals stopped his football career. He played for Clackmannan County regularly at cricket, and had many brilliant innings.

He was given a commission as Second Lieutenant in the 7th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders on 12 May 1914, and promoted Lieutenant on 7 September 1914. Volunteering for Imperial service on the outbreak of war in August, he went to France in December, was killed in action at Ypres, near Hill 60, on 25 April 1915 and is buried near St Jean. Colonel Garden, who was killed shortly afterwards, wrote:

He was the most popular officer in the regiment and the best at his work" and one of his men, "You were asking about Mr Moir, he was the finest officer in the battalion, everybody liked him. When he fell he was leading us. I have been to his grave, it is behind the firing trench. Everyone of us miss him. We have had other officers, but none like him. All he thought of was his men.

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