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Cornelius Thomas William RIGBY

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Surname: RIGBY

Forename(s): Cornelius Thomas William

Place of Birth: Birchfield, Handsworth, Staffordshire

Service No: 3/11375

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 10th (Service) Battalion

Division: 23rd Division

Age: 42

Date of Death: 1916-07-29

Awards: ---

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

Additional Information:

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

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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 23rd Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 23rd Division

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Surname: RIGBY

Forename(s): Cornelius Thomas William

Born: Birmingham

Residence: Denby Dale, Yorks

Enlisted: Huddersfield

Number: 3/11375

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 10th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 29/07/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

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Surname: RIGBY

Forename(s): Cornelius Thomas William

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 3/11375

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 10th Bn.

Age: 42

Awards:

Died Date: 29/07/1916

Additional Information: Son of the late Rev. Thomas Newton Rigby, M.A., of Denby Dale, Huddersfield.

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BRITISH BATTALIONS ON THE SOMME, by Ray Westlake (Pen & Sword Books Limited 1994)

10th (Service) Bn. Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Moved through Contalmaison to front line (28/7). In action at Munster Alley (28/7)-(29/7). Casualties – 205. Relieved and to Scots Redoubt (30/7).

[Cornelius Thomas William Rigby was killed in action on the 29 July 1916.]

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18 August 1916

ANOTHER SKIPTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL BOY KILLED

Pte. C. T. W. Rigby, of the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, was killed in action on July 29th, aged 42 years. He was the only son of the Rev. T. Newton Rigby, of Denby Dale, Huddersfield (formerly curate of the Skipton Parish Church), and had joined the Army on August 5th, 1914. The deceased soldier was educated at Skipton Grammar School.

22 December 1916

SKIPTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL’S ROLL OF HONOUR

The Christmas issue of the Skipton Grammar School Magazine contains some very fine and touching tributes to the following ‘Old Boys’ who have laid down their lives for King and Country in this great War since the previous issue of the magazine:–

Lance Corporal A. J. Metcalfe, Durham Light Infantry
Pte. C. T. W. Rigby, 11th West Riding Regiment
Rifleman Harry Tindall, King’s Royal Rifles
Sergt. A. F. Ryder, K.O.Y.L.I.
Rifleman W. M. Jowett, Rifle Brigade, New Zealand Expeditionary Force

It is also recorded with keen regret that Captain C. Waddington, 3rd East Lancashire’s, and Second-Lieut. J. L. Tibbett, R.F.C., two other old schoolboys, have been taken prisoners of war.

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14 December 1917

FOUNDER’S DAY AT SKIPTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL

A Fifteenth Century Foundation – War Memorial Proposed

COMMEMORATION SERVICE

Wednesday’s proceedings were opened with a service in commemoration not only of the founders and benefactors of the school but also of the gallant men who formerly passed through the school and who had given their lives for their country in the present war. The service was conducted by the headmaster (Rev. F.G. Forder) in the big school and there was a good attendance of old boys and others interested in the school. The names of the fallen heroes are as follows:– 2nd Lieut. T.B. Bellamy, Captain C.D. Bennett, 2nd Lieut. T.D. Broughton, Captain C.W. Brown, Gunner Philip Brown, Corporal H.S. Caw, Sergt. J. Cockerill, 2nd Lieut. H. Colley (master), Major M.E. Cookson, 2nd Lieut. E.G. Goodman, 2nd Lieut. F.H. Gill, Private W. Hartley, Rifleman W.M. Jowett, Lieut. H. Knowles, 2nd Lieut. C.H. Lee (master), 2nd Lieut. J.C. McIntyre, Captain J.B. McKay, Lance-Corporal A.J. Metcalfe, J.H. [E.] Metcalfe, Private E. Platt, Private C.T.W. Rigby, 2nd Lieut. W.A. Rodwell, Sergt. A.F. Ryder, Lieut. E.J.C. Supple (master), Private F. Thornton, Rifleman H. Tindall, Sergt. H. Walker, Gunner Herbert Watson, 2nd Lieut. Alec Wilson, Private Cameron Wilson, 2nd Lieut. Ian Wilson.

Among the old boys who have gained distinctions are the following:– Military Cross, Second-Lieutenant J.G. Berry, Second-Lieutenant J.B. Hartley, Captain J.T. Hurst, Lieut. P. Jowett, Lieut. J. Petty, and Capt. T.B. Pollard (master); Distinguished Conduct Medal, Corpl. W.A. Murgatroyd; Mentioned in Despatches, Lieut. J. Pethybridge, Capt. Allan Wilson, and many others.

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