Proud brothers reflect on their world of boxing
In the March issue, we published a picture in Memory Lane of three boxing brothers from the Moyse family. That prompted a response from one of them, Billy, whose letter is published here.
The Moyse family lived on Bells Marsh Road, Gorleston. Philip (aged 12) and Billy (11) started boxing training at the local Alderman Leach School, under the watchful eye of the school caretaker and boxing coach, Mr Trotman.
The family then moved to Tennison Road (then known as ‘China Town’) Great Yarmouth, in 1963. The brothers, with younger brother John, joined the Kingfisher Boxing Club and that was the start of something very special.
In 1969, the brothers had by then won the Schoolboy, Junior and Senior Norfolk and Eastern Counties titles and to add to their growing titles both Billy and John won the British National (NABC) titles. Phil was unlucky as he was two months too old to enter, but if he had, there could have been a treble.
Phil and Billy joined the Royal Air Force in September, 1969, and brother John joined later in 1970.
After basic and parachute training, brothers Phil and Billy underwent a six-month physical instructors’ course at RAF St Athan. Brother John was posted to RAF Hereford to train as a cook.
In 1972, all three made RAF history by winning three RAF boxing titles on the same night and went on to represent the RAF against the Army and Navy and the Combined Services against Wales. Over the years their boxing success continued, winning Combined Services titles and reaching the ABA semi-finals.
Phil retired from boxing in 1972 having won three RAF titles, two Combined Services titles, having reached two ABA semi-finals and been rated British number three in the featherweight division.
He retired from the RAF in 2001 after serving 32 years and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) and the MBE for his dedication and service to the RAF.
Phil now serves as a magistrate and town councillor in Shropshire and is actively involved with the Rotary Club and the Royal British Legion. He is married to Dee and has a step-daughter Amanda.
Billy retired from boxing in 1977 having won six RAF titles, two Combined Services titles, having been an ABA semi-finalist and was rated British number eight in the bantamweight division.
Billy was still parachuting at the age of 50 and was retired on medical grounds after serving 32 years. He served in Germany for three years, North America, North Africa, Middle East and Far East.
Billy is actively involved with charity work with the Royal Air Force Association as chairman for eight years at his local branch in West Oxfordshire and is a Royal British Legion repatriation family liaison officer.
Billy has a daughter, Debbie from his first marriage. He has been married to Carol for 31 years and they have a son, Neil who lives in South Wales with his partner Kelly and their daughter, Tilia May.
John retired from boxing in 1979 having won three RAF titles, one Combined Services title and having been an ABA quarter-finalist.
John retired from the RAF after serving 12 years. He served in the jungles of RAF Gan (Maldives), the Far East and NATO HQ Belgium.
John is not retired but works all hours as one of the top chefs in Essex. He has two children from his first marriage, Beverley and Michael. John now lives with his partner Carol in Essex.
Mother Joan and father Billy had seven daughters and four sons. Sadly both have passed on but were very supportive throughout the boxing and service careers of their sons and very proud of what they all achieved.
The brothers would like to thank all those involved in making boxing history, Mr Trotman, Alderman Leach School, Freddy King and Dougy Dugdale, both trainers at the Kingfisher Club and many more behind the scenes too numerous to mention.