Mr William Young Moyes, 23, was born in St Ninians, Stirlingshire, Scotland in 1888.
His father was Alexander Moyes (b. 19 April 1851 in Dunfermline, Fife), a headmaster of the Primary High School, Stirling. The identity of his mother is not certain but she is believed to have died sometime around 1890 when his youngest sibling was born. William, known as Billie, had three known siblings: Alexander Barclay (b. 1885), Agnes (b. 1886) and Mina Young (b. 1890).
He and his family appear on the 1891 Scottish census living at 22 Douglas Terrace, St Ninians, Stirlingshire. They would move several doors away to 11 Douglas Terrace by the time of the 1901 census, with William being described as a scholar. He was educated at Stirling Elementary High School. An acomplished sportsman, Moyes was captain of the Rugby football club at Stirling. He served his apprenticeship with David Rowan & Co. of Glasgow and later joined the White Star Line. Just before Christmas 1911 began to work aboard the Oceanic before joining Titanic as Senior 6th Engineer.
When William signed on to the Titanic, in Southampton, for her maiden voyage, he gave his address as 11 Douglas Terrace, Stirling and his previous ship as the Olympic. As senior sixth engineer he could expect monthly wages of £9.
William Moyes lost his life in the sinking; his body, if recovered, was never identified. A memoriam, written by a friend of his, appeared in the Stirling Observer on 23 April, 1912:
“Having known ‘Billie’, as he was known among us, from the early standards of the Elementary High School up to the present time, and now that every hope of his having been saved seems to have vanished, the happiest memories of him stand out prominently in my mind more clearly and more freshly than ever before.
Since the first news of the calamity reached Stirling, I have eagerly scanned, as I am sure have all his other chums, every line of the newspapers in the hope of his having been picked up by the crew of the Carpathia, for those of us who knew him also knew at once that his being in one of the boats was out of the question, but, alas! Not a single word is said of any engineer... Read more...”
In 2002, in conjunction with the Falkirk Titanic Society, a brass plaque was unveiled by Stirling's Provost Tommy Brooks and William's niece Christine Bole. Also, his Steiff Teddy Bear is still in existence and is often exhibited.
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