Frederick William Dighton [M. M.]


Frederick William left his home at New Street, Godmanchester, Huntingdonshire on the 31/10/1914 and enlisted at the H. Q. of the Hunts. Cyclists Battalion at St. Mary's Street Huntingdon. He was allocated the HCB number of 894 and posted to B Company of the 2/1st HCB.  He was noted as being the son of T. Dighton.

He was posted to the base depot B. E. F. France on 26th July 1916, he was rationed up to and for that day. Order was part 2 No. 171 issued by W. L. Stephenson, 2/Lieut. & acting Adjutant, 2/1st Hunts. Cyclist Battalion. The order was issued at Well Camp Alford at 8-00 p.m., 28th July 1916.

At this time he was transferred into the Bedfordshire Regiment with the Army number 43038.  At the time - 27 July 1916 he was a Private  in B Co. 2/1st HCB.

He was wounded shortly before the 2/11/17 and was noted a being in hospital in Manchester with gun shot wounds to the right arm.

From a local paper dated 2/11/1917 - GODMANCHESTER MAN WOUNDED - Pte. Frederick W. Dighton, Beds. Regt., son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Dighton, New Street, Godmanchester, is in hospital near Manchester, suffering from gunshot wounds through left arm and badly bruised ankle.  Pte. Dighton is a widower and has four children.

From a local paper dated 7/6/1918 - Report on his award of the Military Medal.

He was one of three brothers in the H C B ref 412 = Frederick William & John Henry & Victor Dighton.

His medals are inscribed as follows:-

Military Medal was awarded to him as a Pte. 43088 in the Bedford Regiment.

The pair were inscribed to him as Pte. 894 in the Hunts Cyclist Bn.

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