Lieutenant PL Moss
Percy Lawrence Moss served during the First World War in the UK as an interpreter. At 53 he was too old for front line service in the Second World War but his application to join the Officers’ Emergency Reserve was accepted and as a Second Lieutenant he was again using his language skills.
On 28th April 1940 he joined the British Expeditionary Force in France as an interpreter at No 109 POW Camp. Having escaped from the continent after Dunkirk, in July 1940 he was posted as an interpreter to the Aliens’ Detention Camp at Douglas on the Isle of Man and then as Intelligence Officer at the Military Base Censor at Headquarters Northern Ireland.
He transferred into the Intelligence Corps on 6th May 1942 and in 1944 was posted to MI2.1 the section at the War Department dealing with Post Censorship where he remained until January 1946. He died suddenly on 9th March 1946, aged 60 years. He was awarded the 1939-45 Star, the Defence Medal and the War Medal.