William John Digman (c.1885-1918)

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William John Digman

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

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

DIGMAN, WILLIAM JOHN. Gunner. No 4/25843. Royal Field Artillery. Married, with three children. Lived 20 Grange Avenue, Marsden. Employed as a teamer by the Marsden Equitable Industrial Society Limited. Attended Marsden Wesleyan Church and was a teacher in the Sunday School. Closely associated with the local branch of the Sons of Temperance. Enlisted May 1915. Embarked for France in December, 1915. At the time of his death was employed as a Groom with the General Staff. Killed in action, 9.4.1918, aged 32 years. Buried. HAVERSKERQUE BRITISH CEMETERY. Grave location:- Special Memorial No 2.
His wife received the following letter from the offices of the British Red Cross Society, 18 Carlton House Terrace, London, dated 9.5.1918. The letter read as follows:- 'With reference to your enquiry for details of your husband's death - we have just received the following information from the Chaplain at the 33rd Casualty Clearing Station. He says that Driver Dignam was admitted to the hospital severely wounded in the head and back and although he had every possible care and attention he died before any operation could be performed. He was quite unconscious and therefore could not speak or have any messages. I do trust it will be some small consolation for you to know that he did not suffer. He was buried in the British Military Cemetery at Haverskerque near St. Venant (about 5 miles west of Merville). A wooden cross marks his grave with his name, number and regiment enscribed upon it. I feel for you so deeply in your sorrow but you must indeed be proud of your husband who gave his life so bravely for his country. With sincere sympathy, Miss G. de Stein, for the Earl of Lucan.'
ROH:- Marsden War Memorial.

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