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Forename(s): Cornelius Thomas William
Place of Birth: Birchfield, Handsworth, Staffordshire
Service No: 3/11375
Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)
Battalion / Unit: 10th (Service) Battalion
Division: 23rd Division
Date of Death: 1916-07-29
CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 6 A and 6 B.
CWGC Cemetery: ---
CWGC Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Non-CWGC Burial: ---
Local War Memorial: SKIPTON – ERMYSTED’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL, YORKSHIRE
Cornelius Thomas William Rigby was the son of Thomas Newton and Sarah Elizabeth Rigby, née Lees. Thomas was born at Waterhead near Oldham, Lancashire and Sarah at Aston, Warwickshire.
1881 Handsworth, Staffordshire Census: 13, Trinity Road - Cornelius T. Rigby, aged 7 years, born Handsworth, son of Thomas N. and Sarah E. Rigby.
1891 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 13, Mill Bridge - Cornelius Rigby, aged 16 years, born Handsworth, Staffordshire, son of Thomas Newton Rigby, widower.
1901 Denby Dale, Yorkshire Census: Field House, Wakefield Road - Cornelius Thos. Wm Rigby, aged 26 years, born Handsworth, Staffordshire, son of Thomas Newton Rigby, widower.
1911 Denby Dale, Yorkshire Census: Field House - Cornelius Thomas William Rigby, aged 36 years, born Birchfield, Staffordshire, son of Thomas Newton Rigby, widower.
British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Cornelius T.W. Rigby, 3/11375, West Riding Regiment. Theatre of War first served in: 1 - France. Date of entry therein: 6 October 1915.
Cornelius is commemorated on the Denby Dale and Cumberworth War Memorial.
A short biography of Cornelius is included in: ‘A Grammar School at War - The Story of Ermysted’s Grammar School during the Great War’ by Steven Howarth (2007).
Data Source: Craven Herald Article
Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---
Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)
Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 23rd Division
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