Stan Moon (as he was known to his family) was born 9 October 1892 at Urswick, Lancashire (now Cumbria). His father, John, was from Enniscorthy, but there seems to have been no previous RIC connection although John did finish his career as a police Sergeant outside Preston.
Stan served in the Scots Guards during the Great War, and according to family history, it was his experience at Ypres that turned him to religion. Following demob from the Army, he joined the RIC as a 'Black and Tan' in July 1920, being based in Kings County (now Offaly) through his service until disbandment in 1922. It is known that for at least a part of this time he was based at Edenderry. His service record also notes him as having been a 'Ship's Steward' and ex-soldier prior to the RIC .
Stan Moon, Scots Guards, Private 8682
As a Constable in the RIC 72032
George S Moon's RIC pension record
Disbanded in Feb 1922, Stanley then applied for and joined the newly formed British Section of the Palestine Gendarmerie and was one of the first to set out for the Holy Land that year. The following image is an extract from the original roll-
We do not know anything of his service in Palestine, or how long it lasted. One image appears to show him in PG uniform, possibly as an officer, but it is not certain. He probably left before the reformation of that force in 1926.
In Later life Stan became an osteopath and worked in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, where he died in 1977. He recorded to tape his memories and experiences, sadly a lot of this information has now been lost.
George Stanley Moon, Scots Guards, R.I. Constabulary and Palestine Gendarmerie
I am indebted to Bob Austin and the family of Stanley Moon for these images and information.