Dorothy (Larner) Moore

Dorothy (Larner) Moore (1917 - 1994)

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Dorothy "Dolly" Moore formerly Larner
Born in Norwich, Norfolk Englandmap
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Wife of — married 9 Sep 1945 in Norwich, Norfolk Englandmap
Died in Chelmsford, Essex Englandmap
Profile last modified 14 Dec 2019 | Created 22 Aug 2014
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Dorothy Larner was born on June 18, 1917 at 47, Lincoln Street, Norwich, Norfolk, England.[1] She was the twin of Margery who died aged 7 weeks. Dorothy was the daughter of William Larner and Amy Porter. She was baptised on August 5, 1917.[2]

Baby Dorothy

Dorothy went to Avenue Road School in Norwich and passed a scholarship to the Blyth School where she completed her studies. She was a vivacious child and often entertained the family with her recitations; she was also a good pianist.

During World War II Dorothy was in the WAAF. She was mentioned in dispatches and awarded the Oak Leaf for her courage in meeting the planes returning to Coltishall and Waterbech.

On September 9, 1945 Dorothy married Colin Moore[3] who lived with his parents, next door to the Larner family. A few years after their marriage Colin's work as an architect took them to Bristol where they lived for about ten years, until Colin got work in Essex. In 1958 and they moved to Chelmsford.

Dorothy and Colin in Bristol

Dorothy had three daughters, but they were what was then termed 'blue babies' and they all died, one at birth before full term, Janet at 7 months and Juliet at 10 hours. Dorothy was told that having more children would put her own life at risk and they were unlikely to survive, so they adopted a boy.

Dorothy usually cared for her mother when her sister Alice was away and she had her mother-in-law to live with her in her final years.

Dorothy was an active member St. Andrew's Church, Chelmsford and of the Townswomens' Guild. She liked being at home where she enjoyed reading, cooking and baking.

Dorothy died in hospital at Chelmsford on July 27, 1994.[4] Her funeral service was held at St. Andrew's Church, Chelmsford, Essex on August 3, 1994 and after cremation her ashes were interred at St. Faith's Crematorium Garden of Remembrance in Norfolk.

Colin often called Dorothy 'Dolly' and evidently she was known by this name at St. Andrew's church. Below is a transcription of the tribute in their magazine:

In Memoriam Dorothy Moore

Her stature was the only small thing about Dolly as she was affectionately known to us all. She had a great love for her family and friends, her church, flowers, music and so many other things. It was always a pleasure to meet her with her welcoming smile, solicitous enquiries and engaging conversation. She had led an interesting life before settling, finally, in Chelmsford. Dolly soon took an active lead in the Townswomens' Guild and involved herself fully in the life of St. Andrew's as well as supporting Colin in his duties. She enjoyed any special musical events, appreciated the floral arrangements, helped out on many occasions and was faithful in her attendance at Bible study and services. Latterly increasing frailty and ill health kept her more housebound but Dolly was a great 'encourager' and surely continued remembering all of us and our activities in her prayers. Her passing will leave a gap in many lives but especially in those of Colin and Gordon whom we continue to uphold in our prayers.

Remember O Lord your servant Dolly who has gone before us with the sign of faith. According to your promise grant to her who rests in Christ refreshment, light and peace. Amen. [5]
Dorothy (Larner) Moore is one of twins.


  1. FS England and Wales Birth Registration Index
    Name Dorothy Larner
    Event Type Birth Registration
    Registration Quarter Jul-Aug-Sep
    Registration Year 1917
    Registration District Norwich
    County Norfolk
    Event Place Norwich, Norfolk, England
    Mother's Maiden Name (not available before 1911 Q3) Porter
    Volume 4B Page 198 Line Number 58
    Citing this Record
    "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch ( : 1 October 2014), Dorothy Larner, 1917; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Norwich, Norfolk, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.
  2. See image of the page in the church magazine listing the baptisms of Dorothy and her twin Margery.
  3. FS England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005
    Name Dorothy Larner
    Event Type Marriage Registration
    Registration Quarter Jul-Aug-Sep
    Registration Year 1945
    Registration District Norwich County Norfolk
    Event Place Norwich, Norfolk, England
    Spouse Name (available after 1911) Moore
    Volume 4B Page 503 Line Number 125
    Dorothy Larner married Name Colin A Moore
    Citing this Record
    "England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," database, FamilySearch ( : 8 October 2014), Dorothy Larner and null, 1945; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing 1945, quarter 3, vol. 4B, p. 503, Norwich, Norfolk, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.
  4. FS England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007
    Name Dorothy Moore
    Event Type Death Registration
    Registration Quarter Jul-Aug-Sep
    Registration Year 1994
    Registration District Chelmsford County Essex
    Event Place Chelmsford, Essex, England
    Birth Date (available after June quarter 1969) 18 Jun 1917
    Volume 4681A Page A53G
    Citing this Record
    "England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007," database, FamilySearch ( : 4 September 2014), Dorothy Moore, Jul 1994; from "England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006," database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing Death Registration, Chelmsford, Essex, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.
  5. Cited in Church Magazine of St. Andrew's, Chelmsford, Essex, England. 1994

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