Mosser Brothers did everything together

By  | October 31, 2011 | 5 Comments | Filed under: Cambridge Veterans, History

From the time they were born in the Galt Hospital on July 25, 1923, Robert and Andrew Mosser were inseparable.They played six-man rugby at the Preston High School and were ends on the team which won The W.O.S.S.A. championship. They joined the Boy Scouts in 1935, and in 1940 were both elevated to the rank of King’s Scouts. Robert was a Cub leader and Andrew an Assistant Scoutmaster. They were founding members of the Preston Scout House’ Bugle Band and both sang in the choir of the Preston United Church.
They not only looked alike, they acted the same. Even their best friends had a difficult time telling them apart.
Andrew and Robert were sworn in at the Toronto depot of the R.C.A.F. They had planned to go to university in the fall, but made the unanimous decision to join the R.C.A.F.
On March 20th, 1943 the Globe and Mail reported “In the first ceremony of its kind ever held in Canada, Robert and Andrew Mosser of Preston were awarded navigators’ wings at a ‘twin’ presentation.”
The brothers were together until the end. They were both Killed in Action on April 22, 1943. They were 19 years old.

5 Responses to Mosser Brothers did everything together

  1. Allan Dettweiler November 11, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    I suspect these 2 are related to me distantly. What were there parent’s names?

  2. Patrick Thomas November 3, 2011 at 6:12 am

    Parents were:
    Andrew Mosser
    b. Dec 13, 1882, Preston
    (son of Jacob Mosser and Magdalena Broesch (or Bresch))
    (nephew of Elizabeth Gmelin)

    Lillian Amelia Menger
    b Aug 11, 1883, St Jacobs
    (daughter of William Menger and Mary Ratz)

    Married: Nov 19, 1907, St. Jacobs

  3. Scot Ferguson-Barber November 3, 2011 at 6:27 am

    Wow, thanks Patrick!

  4. Andy Mosser December 28, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Robert and Andrew were my great uncles. My grandfather Herbert Andrew Mosser (their brother) also served in the war as a doctor. Many stories were shared as to the accomplishments of these two including their tragic death while serving our country. There was a memorial at the Cambridge scout camp at the chapel in addition to posted photos at the Preston Scout House in honor of their service.
    My great aunt had saved many of their scout service medals and awards however I am uncertain where they are today.
    To further honor their legacy I was named Robert Andrew Mosser, after my grandfather and his brothers.
    Thank you for posting this article.

    Sincerely,

    R.A. Mosser

  5. Scot Ferguson-Barber December 28, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Thanks Andy, I originally published this in The Cambridge Wartime Scrapbbok.This is one of the many interesting stories that I have found about the local men who fought for us. After talking to Dave Sopha last week, we have decided to start publishing a story about a local veteran every month, and your great uncles is a good place to start.

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