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Carleton Moss King 1878-1954

Carleton Moss King
Born: 1878 Meerut, India
Died: 1954 Fleet, Hampshire
Robert Moss King 1832-1903
Elizabeth Augusta Egerton 1843-1917
Gerald Moss King 1870-1871
Robert Curzon Henry Moss King 1871-1929
Bertram Moss King 1872-1876
Geraldine Moss King 1873-1888
Lucy Moss King 1875-1937
Margaret D'Este Moss King 1876-1930
Fanny Helen Cruikshank
Helen Moss King 1912-
Cecily Moss King 1914-1988

Carleton Moss King was born on 17 July 1878 at Meerut in India, the son of the Robert Moss King and his wife née Elizabeth Augusta Egerton.

He was educated at Brighton College and Balliol College in Oxford (1). He won an Award of Honour in the Oxford Honour School of Greek and Latin Literature in 1899 (2).

After passing the qualifying examination he entered the India Civil Service in 1901, and arrived in India on 15 November 1902.

He was appointed Assistant Magistrate and Collector in the United Provinces (3), a Judge of the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad on 18 October 1919 (4), and the Chief Judge of the Chief Court of Oudh in 1934.

On 11 November 1909 he had married Fanny Helen Cruikshank at St Stephen's church, Kensington in London. She was known as Nell, and was the daughter of Alexander Walmesley Cruikshank ICS 1851-1925 and his wife née Fanny Nina Daniell 1861-1944.

He was made a Companion of the Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire (5) on 1 January 1926 (6), and was awarded a knighthood in the King's Jubilee Birthday Honours List on 3 June 1935 (7).

In retirement they returned to England and lived at Wildacres, Fleet in Hampshire (8).

They had the following children:

Helen Moss King. She was born in 1912.

Cecily Moss King. She was born on 14 January 1914. During the Second World War she joined the WAAF and became a Section Officer. She was married to Flight-Lieutenant Francis Michael Doran FRCS RAFVR 1910-1995 on 25 May 1943 at All Saints' church in Fleet, Hampshire (9). She died in 1988 at Hereford aged 74 years.

Sir Carleton Moss King died on 26 November 1954 at Fleet in Hampshire, and is commemorated by a monument in Ashcott parish church, Somerset (10).


(1) Descent and Alliances of Croslegh, or Crossle, or Crossley, of Scaitcliffe; and Coddington, of Oldbridge; and Evans, of Eyton Hall C. Croslegh (1904) page 292.
(2) London Standard 25 April 1899.
(3) The India List and India Office List for 1905 (1905) page 540.
(4) London Gazette 18 October 1929; India Office Records: British Library, Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections 1927-1931 IOR/L/PO/8/72.
(5) The Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire was an order of chivalry founded by Queen Victoria in 1878. The motto of the Order is Imperatricis auspiciis (Latin for "Under the auspices of the Empress"), a reference to Queen Victoria, the first Empress of India. No appointments have been made since 1947, and the order became dormant in 2010.
(6) Edinburgh Gazette 1 January 1929 page 8.
(7) London Gazette 3 June 1935 page 3593; Dundee Courier 3 June 1935; Western Morning News 3 June 1935.
(8) British Telephone Directories 1880-1984.
(9) Andrews Newspaper Index Cards 1790-1976.
(10) Law Journal (1954) volume 104 page 797.