FASLANE: CAIRN RENAMED IN MEMORY OF MAJOR CHRIS MOSES

By Harry Bell

ON March 12 this year, Royal Marines from 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group (43 Cdo FPGRM) took part in a charity relay event in memory of Major Chris Moses, a former Royal Marine at HM Naval Base Clyde.

Six Royal Marines took part in the event which took place over 24 hours with three sets of pairs running two 13-mile legs in memory of Chris who sadly died in January 2020.

As well as running to raise cash for two charities very close to Chris’ heart – The Royal Marines Charity and Erskine – the organisers also came up with the idea of mounting a memorial plaque at the cairn on the top of Beinn a’ Mhanaich, the mountain above Faslane which they were running up and down in Chris’ memory.

At the time the Royal Marines submitted a request to the Ordnance Survey Team for the Cairn at the top of the mountain to be re-named Moses Cairn in memory of Chris and it has recently been confirmed that this will go ahead and will be included in the October release of Master Map and it will be visible from April 2022 in OS Mapping.

Everyone involved is delighted that Major Chris Moses will be remembered in this special place where he often walked at weekends with his wife Joanne. It is a suitable memorial to a respected and very well-liked member of 43 Cdo and the local community.

Chris, who was married to veterinary surgeon Joanne, often donated to the Royal Marines Charity and Erskine hospital and he would be pleased that a total of £8,000 has now been raised in his name and split between the two charities.

It was Major Kane Holford and Warrant Officer 2 Richard Hayden, who together came up with the idea of mounting the memorial plaque on the mountain overlooking Faslane with a charity run to commemorate Chris’ life.

WO2 Hayden said: “I am pleased to have been part of this meaningful event to remember Chris. As well as raising some money for charities that were important to Chris, we have made sure his name will live on at the top of Beinn a’ Mhanaich, a place close to where he lived and worked”

Chris, who joined the Royal Marines in 2005 and spent much of his career in Scotland was a respected and very well-liked member of 43 Cdo. As well as working as both the Training Officer and Operations Officer at 43 Cdo he also spent time at 45 Cdo in Arbroath and at Rosyth where he assisted the commissioning of the aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth.

During his time at Faslane, Chris was known to provide maths lessons to the wider Clyde Navy community, something he took with him when he left the Corps, becoming a maths teacher at the Vale of Leven Academy in Alexandria.

Plaque to commemorate Major Chris Moses on the cairn at the summit of Beinn a’ Mhanaich.

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