Royal Marine and Iraq veteran killed in ‘freak’ tree surgery accident

Tributes have been paid to a former Royal Marine who served in Iraq died in an 'freak' tree surgery accident.

Chris Moses, 37, was a legendary secondary school maths teacher who died while working as a tree surgeon in Scotland.

His family have shared tribute to Chris who "believed in everybody" and was always there for others, reports PlymouthLive .

Chris, from Plymouth, was close to his family and was always there for his siblings.

"He was an amazing brother," Chris' sister Amy Moses told Plymouth Live. "He was my younger brother but in many ways he was older, he was wise and someone I went to for advice."

Chris was born and raised in Plymouth and attended local schools in the city.

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He worked hard at school, his family say, and saw the importance of education, but also had a very busy and active life outside of the classroom.

Football was a "big part of his life" and even went semi-pro when he was 15, playing for St Blazey in Cornwall in the South Western league.

Later, while studying for his A levels, Chris worked in a Plymouth city centre branch of KFC.

"Chris was never afraid of hard work. He worked hard in everything he did," his family said.

"A dad couldn't be more proud of his son," Chris' father Rob added.

Chris studied maths at Bath University and tutored school students in his free time.

He planned to become a maths teacher later in life but "wanted to have some life experience first", Amy said.

So he decided to enroll in the Royal Marines in 2005.

Chris was a dedicated marine and completed officer training at Lympstone before being posted to Scotland in 2007 where he met his future wife.

Chris served for 13 years in the Marines, including as troop commander on tours of Iraq and Afghanistan, and was close with many of his troops.

He married Joanne in 2012 in an intimate ceremony with friends and family in the couple's back garden.

"He loved her to bits," Amy said.

Chris also fell in love with Scotland and saw it as his second home, particularly enjoying running in the mountains and peaks near his home in Cardross and volunteering as president of a running club in Helensburgh.

On leaving the Marines, he trained as a secondary school maths teacher and was something of a legend at Vale of Leven Academy in Alexandria, Scotland.

Not only did he inspire his students during lessons but he gave up his evenings to tutor those who were struggling and had been helping prepare them for their exams.

"He believed everyone was capable of everything, everyone was capable of maths – and everyone was capable of anything they put their mind to," his family added. "He wanted people to believe in themselves, he wanted everyone to succeed."

Chris also loved running and completed various marathons, including Plymouth's half marathon and the London Marathon, which he ran for the Royal Marines.

Chris became an uncle last year and was close to his family and friends, even though they live across the UK, Amy said.

Chris had a very busy day-to-day life, frequently going for morning runs before teaching, teaching all day and then tutoring students in the evenings. He also worked for his business at week-ends.

He was director of a tree surgery company near his home in Cardross, having trained while in the Marines, and hoped to further develop his business in the coming months.

It was a "freak accident" in his tree surgery work that tragically took his life on Sunday, January 12.

Chris was a "positive force for life, a force for good" and "lived several life times in his 37 years", said his family.

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