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Thurston WIGGANS

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Surname: WIGGANS

Forename(s): Thurston

Place of Birth: Preston, Lancashire

Service No: 120462

Rank: Driver

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Field Artillery

Battalion / Unit: 298th Brigade

Division: ---

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1918-09-19

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: I. L. 3.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

Thurston Wiggans was the son of William and Ellen Wiggans, née Wharton. William was born at Penwortham and Ellen at Samlesbury, Lancashire.

1901 Preston, Lancashire Census: 43, London Road - Thurston Wiggans, aged 8 years, born Preston. [Thurston's parents were not at home; he was with his brothers and sisters.]

1911 Preston, Lancashire Census: 14, Roman Road, Frenchwood - Thurston Wiggans, aged 18, born Preston, son of William and [stepson of] Ellen Wiggans. [William Wiggans had married Ellen Smith, a widow, in 1901.]

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Dvr Thomas [sic] Wiggans, 120462, R.F.A. Dead.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Dvr Thomas [sic] Wiggans, 120462, R.F.A. Dead 19.9.18.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Dr[iver] Thurston Wiggans, 120462, 298 Bde R.F.A. Date and Place of Death: 19.9.18. France or Belgium. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Part Legatees Brother - William. Sisters - Mary A. Wilby and Jane Gorst. Part Legatees. £9 15s. 0d. War Gratuity: Sister - Mary A. Wilby £13 10s. 0d.

In the 'Craven Herald' (5 September 1919), a brief mention is made of Thurston Wiggans in a list of floral tributes in an article headed 'Barnoldswick News': 'Driver T. Wiggans, R.F.A.'

A short biography of Thurston is included in: ‘Barnoldswick – A small Town’s part in conflicts 1800 to 2014’ by Peter Ian Thompson (2014).

Data Source: Local War Memorial


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Field Artillery

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Field Artillery

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Soldiers Died Data for Soldier Records

Surname: WIGGANS

Forename(s): Thurston

Born: Preston, Lancs


Enlisted: Colne, Lancs

Number: 120462

Rank: Dvr

Regiment: Royal Horse Artillery & Royal Field Artillery



Died Date: 19/09/18

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: WIGGANS

Forename(s): Thurston

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 120462

Rank: Driver

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery

Unit: 298th Bde.



Died Date: 19/09/1918

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‘Lancashire Daily Post’ (3 October 1918)


WIGGANS – Killed in action in France, on September 19th, 1918. Driver THURSTON WIGGANS, R.F.A., aged 26 years, second son of WILLIAM WIGGANS late Butcher, (London-road).

A little card – “I am quiet well”;
A letter next – “He nobly fell.”

–From Family and Brother Eddie (in Mesopotamia).




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