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MOFFAT, John BoydBorn: 1917 12 13
Died: 1989 02 ??
Reg No: 798
Year registered: 1942
John Boyd Moffat was born in Durban on 13 December 1917, the son of WG MOFFAT. He studied architecture in London in the latter half of the 1930s at the AA. There are letters written to him in London by his father from Durban, dated October and November 1938, January, February and March 1939. In these letters his father mentions the studies and there is mention of red stars earned for good results along the way.
At the outbreak of the second World War Moffat joined the army (known as the UDF - Union Defence Force) in the engineering corps (S.A.E.C) during the latter half of WW2 (1944 and 1945) and served in Tobruk and other parts of North Africa as well as Italy. At the end of the war whilst awaiting demobilisation he undertook various public works (he says in his letters he was a sort of clerk of works) for the army in N. Africa - he mentions building a small hospital, a NAFKI for 600 men and various other things.
On returning to South Africa he joined his father's practice MOFFAT & HIRST and, after his father's retirement, together with JS SIMPSON, continued his as MOFFAT, SIMPSON & PARTNERS.
He died in Cape Town in February 1989.
(Additional information supplied by his daughter, Kathy Moolenschot (nee Moffat) October 2015)
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