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Ernie Moses: Expert breeder brought home the bacon

The death of Ernie Moses, former RAF and Army

Andrew Ernest (Ernie) Moses, who has died aged 89, ran away from home in 1942 to join the RAF.

"I wanted to do my bit," Ernie later told his family in Seskinore, Co Tyrone.

But, within a short time, Ernie changed uniforms from blue to khaki when he transferred to the Army, where he felt more at home serving at ground level.

"I never did like flying in aircraft," he admitted. "I only realised it when I joined up."

Ernie served throughout the war as a corporal in the Royal Corps of Signals and saw action in Italy and Austria. Back on Civvy Street, when the Second World War ended, he built a reputation as a pig breeder who showed stock at Balmoral and at agriculture shows from his Ballyrobert farm in Co Antrim.

He was also the pig adviser to Thompsons Animal Feeds, and by 1963 had moved to a holding in the Crumlin area.

Ernie met his future wife Joyce (nee Fouracre) when he was still in uniform, based at Milton Heights Army Base in Oxfordshire, and he brought her home as his bride after their wedding in 1946.

He and Joyce had been married for 44 years when she died in 1990. His funeral service in St Catherine's Parish Church at Aldergrove, where he was a member of the select vestry for nearly 50 years, was conducted by the rector, the Rev William Orr, and also Canon Sam McComb.

Ernie, who was buried in Crumlin Cemetery, is survived by sisters Sally, Evelyn and Molly; sons Ken and Roy; grandchildren Nigel, Julie, Andrew and Philip, and great-grandchildren Shannon, Ed, Emily, Jack and Alfie.

Two brothers, David and Bertie, pre-deceased Ernie.

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