Biography

Birth date: 14 August 1892
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Bacchus Marsh
Death date: 1986
Final rank: Lieutenant
Service number: 153 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 58th Australian Infantry Battalion

Rupert "Mick" Moon was born at Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, and grew up in Gippsland. He had been in the militia, and in 1914 enlisted in the light horse. He was sent to Gallipoli, then in September 1916 was commissioned and transferred to the 58th Australian Infantry Battalion to replace recent losses.

At Bullecourt on the 12 May 1917, Moon led an attack on an enemy strongpoint but was soon wounded. Not giving up, and continually calling, "come on boys", he was badly wounded twice more but still stayed to lead, inspire, and encourage his men. "We would have followed him anywhere, he was that game", said one. Only when he was wounded for a fourth time, severely now, did he finally agree to retire and seek medical help.

Moon returned to Australia but went back to Europe and ended the war as a temporary captain. Afterwards he worked in a bank and as an accountant. He was eventually one of the last surviving Australian Victoria Cross holders of the war.

Moon was awarded the Victoria Cross, service medals for the First World War, coronation medals for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II, and the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Trumpeter
  • Date of embarkation: 19 October 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 58th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 58th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 58th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Photograph

A02592

Studio portrait of Lieutenant (Lt) Rupert Vance Moon VC, 58th Battalion. Lt Moon was awarded the Victoria Cross for 'most conspicuous bravery during an attack on an enemy strong point' on 12 May 1917, near Bullecourt, France. Lt Moon and his platoon captured an enemy position in front of a trench...

A02592

A02592A

Studio portrait of Lieutenant (Lt) Rupert Vance Moon VC, 58th Battalion. Lt Moon was awarded the Victoria Cross for 'most conspicuous bravery during an attack on an enemy strong point' on 12 May 1917, near Bullecourt, France. Lt Moon and his platoon captured an enemy position in front of a trench...

A02592A

A03718

Portrait of Captain Rupert Vance Moon VC, of the 58th Australian Infantry Battallion. Captain Vance was awarded his VC on 12 June 1917 for most conspicuous bravery during an attack on an enemy strong point near Bullecourt.

A03718

J03076

MELBOURNE, AUS. 1927-04-25. AUSTRALIAN VICTORIA CROSS (VC) WINNERS WHO TOOK PART IN THE 1927 ANZAC DAY MARCH. IN THE BACKGROUND ARE THE KING'S AND REGIMENTAL COLOURS OF THE A.M.F. BATTALIONS AND REGIMENTS. LEFT TO RIGHT:- CORPORAL (CPL) B.S. GORDON MM, CPL T.L. AXFORD MM, CPL J. CARROLL, SERGEANT...

J03076

P02939.018

Portrait of Lieutenant (Lt) Rupert Vance Moon VC, 58th Battalion. Lt Moon was awarded the Victoria Cross for "most conspicuous bravery during an attack on an enemy strong point" on 12 May 1917, near Bullecourt, France. Lt Moon and his platoon captured an enemy position in front of a trench before...

P02939.018

A05537

MELBOURNE, 1927-11. A FORMAL GROUP PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN AT THE VICTORIA CROSS REUNION DINNER. LEFT TO RIGHT: STANDING: MR W.D. JOYNT VC, SQUADRON LEADER F.H. MCNAMARA VC RAAF, MR J. ROGERS VC, LIEUTENANT G.M. INGRAM VC, MR W. PEELER VC, MR L.D. MCCARTHY VC, CROIX DE GUERRE, MR R.V. MOON VC; FRONT ROW:...

A05537

Published Collection

Cigarette card of Lt. R T V Moon VC

Cigarette card showing a portrait of Lieutenant Rupert Vance Moon VC. Part of a series of cards depicting Australian VCs printed by Sniders and Abrahams.

RC09120

Heraldry

1914-15 Star : Private R V Moon, 4 Light Horse Regiment, AIF

1914-15 Star. Impressed reverse with recipient's details.

REL/13719.002

George VI Coronation Medal : R V Moon, VC

George VI Coronation Medal. Unnamed as issued.

REL/13719.005

Elizabeth II Coronation Medal : R V Moon, VC

Elizabeth II Coronation Medal. Unnamed as issued.

REL/13719.006

Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal : R V Moon, VC

Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal. Unnamed as issued.

REL/13719.007

British War Medal 1914-20 : Honorary Captain R V Moon, 58 Battalion, AIF

British War Medal 1914-20. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

REL/13719.003

Victory Medal : Honorary Captain R V Moon, 58 Battalion, AIF

Victory Medal. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

REL/13719.004

Victoria Cross : Lieutenant R V Moon, 58 Battalion, AIF

Victoria Cross. Engraved reverse suspender with recipient's details; reverse cross with date of action.

REL/13719.001

Private Record

Timeline

Date of birth 1892-08-14
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1914-08-21 4 Light Horse Regiment.
Date of embarkation 1914-10-19
Date promoted 1915-11-23 Appointed Lance Corporal.
Date promoted 1916-03-06 Appointed Sergeant.
Date promoted 1916-09-09 Apppointed 2nd Lieutenant.
Other units 1916-09-09 Transferred to the 58th Battalion.
Date promoted 1917-03-06 Promoted to Lieutenant.
Date wounded 1917-05-11 Wounded in action at Bullecourt.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-05-16
Date of honour or award 1917-06-12 Awarded Victoria Cross for action at Bullecourt, France whilst serving with 58 Battalion, 15 Brigade, 5 Division as a Lieutenant.
Other 1917-08 Invested with Victoria Cross at Buckingham Palace by King George V.
Date returned to Australia 1918-03-03
Other units 1918-05-01 Re-embarked for active service.
Date promoted 1919-02-05 Promoted Temporary Captain.
Other 1919-05-17 Granted rank of Honorary Captain.
Date of discharge 1919-10-04
Date of death 1986