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Thomas RIGBY

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Surname: RIGBY

Forename(s): Thomas

Place of Birth: Slaidburn, Yorkshire

Service No: 13780

Rank: Private

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

Battalion / Unit: 10th (Service) Battalion

Division: 23rd Division

Age: 26

Date of Death: 1916-07-21

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: ---

CWGC Cemetery: GRINDLETON (ST. AMBROSE) CHURCHYARD

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: GRINDLETON, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: SAWLEY, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Thomas Rigby was the son of Thomas Edward and Ellen Rigby, née Nutter. Thomas, senior, was born at Slaidburn and Ellen at Great Mitton, Yorkshire.

1891 Slaidburn, Yorkshire Census: Huntington Cottage - Thomas Rigby, aged 1 year, born Slaidburn, son of Thomas E. and Ellen Rigby.

1901 Sawley, Yorkshire Census: Lawson's House - Thomas Rigby, aged 11 years, born Slaidburn, Yorkshire, son of Thomas E. and Ellen Rigby.

1911 Sawley, Yorkshire Census: Lawson's House - Thomas Rigby, aged 21 years, born Slaidburn, Yorkshire, son of Thomas E. and Ellen Rigby.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Thomas Rigby, 13780, West Riding Regiment. Theatre of War first served in: 1 - France. Date of entry therein: 26 August 1915.

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

RIGBY, Thos., aged 26, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, son of Mr. Thos. Rigby, Lawson’s House Farm, Sawley, died from wounds, France, July 1916.

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Private Thomas RIGBY

Private Thomas RIGBY

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): Thomas

Born: Sawley, Yorks

Residence: Sawley

Enlisted: Settle, Yorks

Number: 13780

Rank: Private

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

Battalion: 10th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 21/07/16

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

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Surname: RIGBY

Forename(s): T R

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 13780

Rank: Private

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

Unit: 10th Bn.

Age:

Awards:

Died Date: 21/07/1916

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‘Clitheroe Times’ (21 July 1916)

(Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe and Dorothy Falshaw of Gisburn)

SAWLEY

TOM RIGBY WOUNDED

Private Tom Rigby, son of Mr. Thos. Rigby, farmer, Sawley, is at present lying in a Surrey hospital suffering from wounds received in the recent fighting in France. Private Rigby, who is about 23 years of age, joined Mr. Tunstall’s party in the Duke of Wellington’s W.R. Regt.

‘Clitheroe Times’ (28 July 1916)

(Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe and Dorothy Falshaw of Gisburn)

DIED OF WOUNDS

RIGBY – In loving memory of Private TOM RIGBY, 10th Batt. Duke of Wellington’s Light Infantry, third son of Mr. and Mrs. T.E. Rigby, Lawson’s House, Sawley, who died of wounds received in France, July 10th, at the Frensham Military Hospital, Surrey, on July 21st, aged 26 years, and was interred at S. Ambrose Church, Grindleton, on July 25th, 1916.

‘Clitheroe Times’ (28 July 1916)

(Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe and Dorothy Falshaw of Gisburn)

SAWLEY SOLDIER

PRIVATE T. RIGBY DIES OF WOUNDS

In our issue we mentioned that Private Thomas Rigby, of Lawson’s House, Sawley, had been wounded whilst serving with Captain Tunstill’s company of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment. News reached his father on Friday morning, that his son had passed away at Frensham Hill Hospital. Deceased, who was 28 years of Age, was sent out to France as a stretcher-bearer, and was poisoned by drinking bad water as a result of which he was for eleven weeks in hospital. Returning to France, he was again put on as a stretcher-bearer, and on the 10th inst. was engaged in carrying wounded when he was struck on the left arm by shrapnel. Complications ensued and caused death. Private Rigby was exceptionally well-known throughout the whole country side and he will be much missed. The interment took place at Grindleton on Tuesday afternoon. The local mills stopped for a time, and almost all the operatives attended the Churchyard. The scenes were very impressive. The Grindleton Band played suitable music, inside and outside the Church, and after the body had been lowered to its last resting place, the Last Post was sounded by a bugler. The last rites were performed by the Vicar (Rev. F.G. Ackerley) and the rector of Slaidburn (the Rev. J.C. Garnett).

‘Clitheroe Times’ (11 August 1916)

(Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe and Dorothy Falshaw of Gisburn)

A DEAD HERO

PRIVATE RIGBY RECOMMENDED FOR HONOURS

Mr. T.E. Rigby, of Lawson’s House, Sawley, has received the following letter from Captain Tunstill, of the West Riding Regiment:– “I have only just heard the sad news that your son, who was the best stretcher bearer that any one could ever wish to have, died in hospital at Frensham. Please accept very deepest sympathy. Rigby was one of those who had been in my company since it was formed. He was a bandsman until we came out a year ago, and has been a stretcher bearer ever since. I was hoping he had got a slight wound and would have got home and better, and not had to come out again. We have been fighting more or less continuously since your son was wounded and our losses are naturally heavy. It may be some consolation to you to know that I recommended your son to the Commission Office, the day he was hit, for very brave and gallant conduct in bringing in wounded across the open under very heavy fire.”

‘The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times’ (22 September 1939)

(Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe and Dorothy Falshaw of Gisburn)

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

ITEMS FROM OUR ISSUES OF SEPTEMBER 18th 1914

Recruits from Waddington who joined Mr. Tunstill’s Settle Company of the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, were Joseph B. Hartley, Albert Herd, Harry Smith, Thomas Rigby and William Watson. Grindleton: William I. Bell, James W. Clarkson, Joshua Crossley, and William Walker. Gisburn: Anthony Lofthouse and John Robinson. Newsholme: Thomas E. Askew, Carl P. Braithwaite [Branthwaite], Benjamin A. Butler and William H. Scott.

Grindleton War Memorial - Biographical Notes by Shirley Penman

THOMAS RIGBY, son of Thomas Edward and Ellen nee Nutter married 15-9-1885 St. James, Clitheroe, was born at Slaidburn, resided at Sawley and enlisted in Settle. After travelling to France with his battalion he became a stretcher bearer for his brigade, he later spent eleven weeks in hospital through drinking “bad” water - whether this was from poisoning by the enemy or a form of typhus is not clear - returning to France he was struck in the left arm by shrapnel whilst carrying a wounded soldier on a stretcher. After returning to England for treatment, Thomas died from his wounds at Frensham Military Hospital in Surrey. His remains were transported home and he was interred in St. Ambrose Churchyard on 25-7-1916.

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Grindleton Memorial
Sawley Memorial

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Unknown platoon of 'A' Company, 10th (Service) Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), Aldershot, 1914

Unknown platoon of 'A' Company, 10th (Service) Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), Aldershot, 1914

Photograph sent home to his parents at Bolton by Bowland by Pte Henry (Harry) Valance Killeen (13738). Henry is standing, with his hands behind his back, 11th from right. His brother, Pte Reginald Victor Whiteley Killeen (q.v.), was killed in action on the 25 January 1916

Courtesy of Paula Ann Payne (née Bailey), Barnoldswick

'A' Company, 10th (Service) Battalion The Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment), Bramshott, August, 1915

'A' Company, 10th (Service) Battalion The Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment), Bramshott, August, 1915

Courtesy of Bernard Ideson

Names of identified officers and other ranks on above photograph

Names of identified officers and other ranks on above photograph

St Ambrose's Churchyard, Grindleton

St Ambrose's Churchyard, Grindleton

CWGC private memorial

St Ambrose's Churchyard, Grindleton

St Ambrose's Churchyard, Grindleton

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21 July 1916

SAWLEY

Private Tom Rigby, third son of Mr. Thos. Rigby, farmer, Sawley, is lying in a Surrey Hospital suffering from wounds received in the recent fighting in France. Rigby is about 23 years of age, and joined with Mr. H. Tunstill’s party in the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment.

28 July 1916

RIGBY – July 21, Frensham Hospital, Surrey, the result of wounds received in action, Private Thos. Rigby, Lawson’s House Farm, Sawley, aged 26 years.

28 July 1916

SAWLEY – FIRST SOLDIER FATALITY

The death occurred on Friday afternoon at Frensham Hospital, Surrey, of Private Thomas Rigby, of Sawley, as a result of wounds received in the ‘big push’ in France. He was 26 years of age, and the third son of Mr. Thos. Rigby, of Lawson’s House Farm. One of the first in the district to join Mr. Tunstill’s party, he became attached to the Duke of Wellington’s and became a stretcher-bearer. After serving many months in that capacity he was invalided home suffering from poisoning as a result of drinking bad water. After spending eleven weeks in the hospital he returned to France and, along with two other comrades, was removing wounded soldiers on the battlefield when all were struck with shrapnel. Rigby was struck in the arm, but what became of the others he was not able to relate. Singularly his injured limb was dressed at the base hospital by his sister-in-law’s brother, formerly a schoolmaster at Langcliffe. On being brought to Frensham hospital he was visited by his parents, who found him in capital spirits, in spite of the fact that he had undergone a couple of operations. He was anxious to get to a hospital nearer home, and as his parents left, he expressed his thanks that he had escaped so fortunately. Later on Thursday, however, other symptoms set in, and as a result he died on Friday noon. He was a young man of fine physique. His loss is greatly deplored by his relations and many friends.

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25 September 1914

THE ROLL OF HONOUR

The following men have answered the appeal by joining the Settle Company of the 10th Battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment:–

From Austwick – William Hoyle, Wilson Pritchard, Samuel Shepherd, Fred Swale, John William Thistlewaite, George Thistlewaite.
Airton – Kayley Earnshaw.
Arncliffe – Percy Hodgson, John Simpson.
Bolton-by-Bowland – Irvine Clark, Jim Coates, Richard Davies Ellison, Harold Greenhow, Edward Victor Grubb, James Mason, Robert Singleton, Joseph Chapman Syers.
Bell Busk – Leonard Fox.
Clapham – Albert Edward Drury, Arthur Herbert Procter.
Grindleton – William Irvin Bell, James Wilding Clarkson, Joshua Crossley, William Walker.
Gisburn – Anthony Lofthouse, John Robinson.
Hellifield – James John Angus, Charles Graham, Thomas Harding, Charles Harwood, Sidney Hoar, John Ernest Linnett, Joseph Edward Preston, Thomas Procter, Christopher Ralph, Norman Roberts, Fred Graham.
Horton – John Bruce Davidson.
Ingleton – Hugh Robinson.
Longpreston – Arthur Bailey, Thomas Garnett, John Henry Hitchin, Henry Edward Horner, William Jones, James Kayley, Job Kayley, Arthur Lawson, William Henry Metcalfe, Joseph Parker, William Procter, William Rawlinson.
Langcliffe – Richard Butler, Thomas Henry Edmondson.
Marton – John Beckwith.
Malham – James Swinbank.
Newsholme – Thomas Edward Askew, Carl Parrington Branthwaite, Benjamin Ashton Butler, William Henry Scott.
Otterburn – Harry Gilbert Tunstill.
Settle – Robert William Bell, Ernest Campbell, George Clark, John Thomas Cockerill, Robert Cresswell, Herbert Dickinson, William Edward Gibson, George Jellett, Thomas Laytham, Robert Henry Maunders, Robert Newhouse, Walter Umpleby, Thomas Walsh, Solomon Richard Webb.
Stainforth – Walter Dinsdale.
Slaidburn – Edwin Isherwood, Walter Isherwood, Abel Moore, Charles Edward Parker, George Whitfield.
Wigglesworth – Fred Metcalfe, George Oversby.
Waddington – Joseph Barrett Hartley, Albert Hird [Herd], Harry Smith, Thomas Rigby, William Watson.

21 July 1916

CRAVEN CASUALTIES IN THE GREAT ADVANCE – Grindleton’s Losses

Private Tom Rigby, third son of Mr. Thomas Rigby, farmer, Sawley, is lying in a Surrey hospital suffering from wounds received in the recent fighting in France. Rigby is about 23 years of age, and joined Mr. H. Tunstill’s party in the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment.

28 July 1916

RIGBY – July 21, at Frensham Hospital, Surrey, from wounds received in France. Pte. Thos. Rigby of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment.

28 July 1916

MEN FROM THE CHATBURN DISTRICT

The death occurred on Friday afternoon at Frensham Hospital, Surrey, of Private Thomas Rigby, of Sawley, as a result of wounds received in the ‘big push’ in France. He was 26 years of age, and the third son of Mr. Thos. Rigby, of Lawson’s House Farm. One of the first in the district to join Mr. Tunstill’s party, he became attached to the Duke of Wellington’s and became a stretcher-bearer. After serving many months in that capacity he was invalided home suffering from poisoning as a result of drinking bad water. After spending eleven weeks in the hospital he returned to France and, along with two other comrades, was removing wounded soldiers on the battlefield when all were struck with shrapnel. Rigby was struck in the arm, but what became of the others he was not able to relate. Singularly his injured limb was dressed at the base hospital by his sister-in-law’s brother, formerly a schoolmaster at Langcliffe. On being brought to Frensham hospital he was visited by his parents, who found him in capital spirits, in spite of the fact that he had undergone a couple of operations. He was anxious to get to a hospital nearer home, and as his parents left, he expressed his thanks that he had escaped so fortunately. Later on Thursday, however, other symptoms set in, and as a result he died on Friday morning. He was a young man of fine physique, and gave much promise in agricultural pursuits. His loss is greatly deplored by his relations and many friends.

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