William Thomas Dighton.

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From a local paper dated 13/7/1918

Lance Sergeant W. T. Dighton, Beds. Regt., son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Dighton, West Street, Godmanchester, was attached for special duty to a battery of heavy guns and was killed instantly by shellfire at almost 11:30 p.m. on June 27th.  He was aged 24, married and volunteered for service soon after war commenced.

From a local paper dated 12/7/1918

GODMANCHESTER SERGEANT KILLED

Mr. and Mrs. W. Dighton, West Street, Godmanchester, have received a report to the effect that their son, Lce. Sergt. W. T. Dighton (Bedfords) was killed in action on June 28th.  Deceased was married, aged 24, and volunteered soon after the war commenced.  His wife has received the following letter from the Chaplain.  "I am writing to tell you that your husband, Lance Sergeant W. T. Dighton, of the Bedfords, has given his life for his country.  He was attached for special duty to a battery of heavy guns, and was killed instantly by shellfire at about 11:30 p.m. on 27th June.  He has been buried in a cemetery behind the lines, and the Battery is erecting a cross over his grave.  I am asked to tell you how much he was appreciated for his devotion to duty.  The enclosed card comes with deep sympathy from the C.O., officers and men of the Beds. Regt."

 Buried in Tannay British Cemetery, Thiennes, Nord, France. Plot 3. Row C. Grave 2."

Spelt DEIGHTON on CWGC

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