John Joseph Wightman (1893-1917)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.


John Joseph Wightman was born on 27 August 1893, the son of joiner & builder Thomas James Wightman and his wife Livey (née Talbot) who married in 1893. Thomas was a member of the Huddersfield branch of the General Union Of Carpenters & Joiners.

By 1911, the family were living at 165 Marsden Road and John Joseph had found work as a fishmonger's assistant.

Despite attending the Wesleyan Methodist Church on Park Road West, his name was not included on the Roll of Honour for the First World War. However, his younger brothers Arthur and Herbert are commemorated of the Sunday School's list of those who served.

Both of his parents died in 1942.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

WIGHTMAN, JOHN JOSEPH. Private. No 305810. 2/7th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Marsden Road, Huddersfield, 27.8.1893. Son of Thomas James and Livey Wightman, 165 Marsden Road, Huddersfield. Educated Crosland Moor Council School. Employed as a journeyman by Mr Allen Towlson, fishmonger and poulterer, Westgate, Huddersfield, and was previously apprenticed to Mr Robert Wynn, Victoria Street, Huddersfield. Attended the Brierley Wood Wesleyan Mission. Single. Enlisted 11.10.1914. Wounded at Bourlon Wood on 28.11.1917 during the Battle of Cambrai. Died of wounds at No 5 General Hospital, Rouen, on 5.12.1917, aged 24 years. Buried St. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN. Grave location:- Block P, Plot 5, Row 1, Grave 9A.
ROH:- Huddersfield Drill Hall.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission