Wartime nurse who became councillor dies at age of 92

Anne Moss pictured as a young woman

Anne Moss pictured as a young woman

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Anne Moss will be fondly remembered.

The well-loved councillor died at home on Tuesday, March 25.

Both Mrs Moss and her late husband, Patrick, served for several years as councillors for the Crofton ward of Fareham Borough Council.

She was also an active committee member for many years of the Hill Head Residents’ Association and a school governor at local schools, including Crofton Hammond Junior School.

In 1983, after her daughter, Jane, lost her hearing as a result of a severe debilitating disease, Anne began fundraising for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

During that time she brought in funds for 13 dogs and would spend her time raising awareness around the community.

Her daughter Jane died on October 16, 2006.

In 2010 Mrs Moss was forced to give up raising money when her health deteriorated due to Alzheimer’s disease.

The former councillor was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2012 for her work with people with hearing impairment.

Mrs Moss was previously the churchwarden of St Edmund’s Church, Crofton but later went on to join St Faith’s Church, Lee-on-the-Solent.

She was a sports enthusiast, who played hockey in her earlier years in Sri Lanka, where she was born, and then went on to play for the Isle of Wight.

She was a member of Lee Tennis Club for more than 60 years, playing both tennis and squash.

Mrs Moss was born in 1921 in Budella, Sri Lanka to her father, John, and mother Marian.

At the age of seven she came to England to attend boarding school in Sussex.

When she turned 17 she returned to Sri Lanka to begin training to become a doctor.

The war intervened in her plans and she became a Red Cross Nurse.

Mrs Moss met her husband, Patrick, a Sub-Lieutenant in the Fleet Air Arm in August 1941 and went on to marry in February 1942. After the war, the married couple and their daughter Jane moved to this country where their son Nigel was born.

Mrs Moss is survived by Nigel, daughter-in-law Linda, and grandson James and his wife Alexandra and their children Isabella, Sebastian and Jemima, and grandson Jonathan and his wife Katie.

Nigel, from Crofton Lane, Hill Head, paid tribute to his mother.

He said: ‘Her life has been of service to others.

‘She did everything out of her own goodness.

‘Her last 30 years were spent completely voluntarily raising funds for charity.

‘She did a lot for others, at Christmas she would invite people round who had nowhere else to go. She was completely selfless.’

A memorial service to celebrate Anne’s life was held on Wednesday at St Faith’s Church, Victoria Square, Lee-on-the-Solent.

She was buried at Crofton Cemetery in Stubbington.

Anne Moss: Born June 15, 1921, died March 25, 2014

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