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.

Billy Moyse.

Phil Moyse.

John Moyse.

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