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Thomas William RIGG

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Surname: RIGG

Forename(s): Thomas William

Place of Birth: Ousby, Cumberland

Service No: 10933

Rank: A/Corporal

Regiment / Corps / Service: Alexandra, Princess of Wales Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 6th (Service) Battalion

Division: 11th (Northern) Division

Age: 25

Date of Death: 1915-08-22

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 55 to 58.

CWGC Cemetery: ---

CWGC Memorial: HELLES MEMORIAL

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: SEDBERGH, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Thomas William Rigg was the son of James and Mary Jane Rigg, née Smith. James was born at Morland, Westmorland and Mary at Ousby, Cumberland.

1891 Ousby, Cumberland Census: Bradley - Thomas W. Rigg, aged 2 months, born Ousby, grandson of William and Jane Smith. [Thomas and his mother were living with her parents.]

1901 Lowther Village, Westmorland Census: Thomas William Rigg, aged 10 years, born Ousby, Cumberland, son of James and Mary J. Rigg.

1911 Kirkby Lonsdale, Westmorland Census: Whoop Hall Inn - Thomas William Rigg, aged 20 years, born Ousby, Cumberland. [Thomas was boarding at the Inn.]

Thomas was married to Nellie Hunter in 1913.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: A/Cpl Thomas W. Rigg, 10933, Yorkshire Regiment. Theatre of War: (2B) Balkans. Qualifying date [for 1914-15 Star]: 14 July 1915.

For additional information see: ‘Sedbergh and District 1914-1918 - But who shall return the children?’ Compiled by Sedbergh and District History Society. Edited by Diane Elphick (ISBN 978-0-9564303-2-8).

Data Source: Cravens Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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A/Corporal Thomas William RIGG

A/Corporal Thomas William RIGG

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Alexandra, Princess of Wales Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Alexandra, Princess of Wales Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 11th (Northern) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 11th (Northern) Division

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Surname: RIGG

Forename(s): Thomas William

Born: Ousby, Cumberland

Residence: Sedbergh, Yorkshire

Enlisted: Whitby, Yorkshire

Number: 10933

Rank: A/Corporal

Regiment: Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion: 6th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 1915-08-22

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: Gallipoli

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

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Surname: RIGG

Forename(s): Thomas William

Nationality: United Kingdom

Service Number: 10933

Rank: Corporal

Regiment: Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own)

Unit: 6th Battalion

Age: 25

Awards:

Died Date: 1915-08-22

Additional Information: Son of James and Mary Rigg, of 16, Lowther Village, Hackthorpe, Cumberland; husband of Nellie Rigg, of Derry Cottage, Sedbergh, Yorks.

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‘The Westmorland Gazette’ (3 March 1917)

(Kindly supplied by Sedbergh & District History Society)

SEDBERGH

RIGG, Corpl. T.W. Mrs. T.W. Rigg, Sedbergh has received word from the York Record Office that no further news has been received of her husband, Corpl. T.W. Rigg, Yorkshire Regt., who has been missing since August 22nd, 1915, and is presumed to have met his death on that day.

‘Westmorland Mercury and Times’ (9 March 1917)

(Kindly supplied by Sedbergh & District History Society)

SEDBERGH – CORPL RIGG

Mrs. Rigg, Derry Cottage, Sedbergh, whose husband, Corporal T.W. Rigg, whose husband was reported missing on August 22nd, 1915, at Suvla Bay, has had an official notice from the Board Office, Preston, saying they have had no further news of him, and he must be regarded as having met his death on that day. Corporal Rigg was the eldest son of Mr. James Rigg, Lowther Village, and was 25 years of age; he leaves a wife and three children.

‘The Westmorland Gazette’ (25 August 1917)

(Kindly supplied by Sedbergh & District History Society)

RIGG – In loving memory of my dear husband, Corpl. T.W. Rigg, missing on August 22nd, 1915, now believed killed , at Suvla Bay.

We mourn for you in silence,
Not with outward show;
For the hearts that mourn sincerely,
Mourn silently and low.

From his loving wife and family. Derry Cottage, Sedbergh.

BRITISH REGIMENTS AT GALLIPOLI, by Ray Westlake ( Pen & Sword Books Limited 1996)

6th (Service) Bn. Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

AUGUST 1915
Took over fire trenches south of Hill 50 (20th). Attack on Ismail Oglu Tepe (21st). Advanced 3.30 p.m. under heavy shrapnel fire. Enemy’s machine guns recorded as having a ‘clear target.’ Heavy casualties among officers. About 100men under C.S.M. Green entered Turkish line on right which they held until next day. Captain Currey, Second-Lieutenants Rutherford and Appleyard killed, 6 other officers (3 presumed killed) wounded. Withdrew to beach (22nd).

[Thomas William Rigg was killed in action on the 22nd.]

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