Crossed the Bar

It is with so much sadness I report that Captain John Crawford Moffat RFA(Retd) crossed the bar on Wednesday 9th December 2015 aged 87.

His funeral will be held on 24th December 2015 at 14:15 and at Porchester Crematorium (HERE for their website and HERE for a map)

Old shipmates and colleagues will be made most welcome at the crematorium service but given the proximity to Christmas Day there will not be a wake.

Family flowers only, donations, if required, should be made to The Sailors Society, (HERE for  their website and HERE for a MAP) the charity that John worked for and supported.


The arrangement are being made by Solent Funeral Services, Funeral Directors (Gosport Office) (HERE for their website and HERE for a map)

His wife Joan pre-deceased him in November 2015

I have no more details at the moment but I will sitrep this page in due course

On behalf of the RFA Association I offer our sincere condolences to his son Richard all his family.


If you have any remembrances of John please email it to me at and I will post them on this page. I am also looking for photographs of John for this piece and the RFA Association Gallery and Archive, If you have one please email it to me.

Pat Thompson writes:- I sailed with John in Tidepool in 1973 when I was Second Officer. John, for some reason got it into his head that I was a “wiz” when it came to motor cars. One evening, whilst on OFJ Gosport he asked me to drive his wife home and gave me the keys of his pride and joy, a white Rover 3500. This of course I did, returning to the ship and returning the keys to him on my return. The following morning I was called to his cabin and was informed that his wife had said I was a most considerate and careful driver and there was Bravo Zulus all round. The truth was that on the return journey I “Drove it like I stole it” …. boy did I have fun.