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  • Grave and headstone, Hucknall Cemetery, Nottingham. Photograph Rachel Farrand (August 2015).
Person Details
Winsford, Cheshire
Thomas Rigby Gordon Dignum was born in 1886 in Winsford, Cheshire and was the son of the late Thomas Deakin Dignum a drapers assistant and his first wife Adela Sarah Palin Dignum née Burston of 43 Annesley Road, Hucknall. His father Thomas was born in 1850 at Northwich, Cheshire and his mother was Adela Sarah Palin Burston was born in 1848 at Winsford, Cheshire she died aged 49 yrs in 1900 her death was recorded in the Basford Registration District. They were married on 8th February 1869 at Manchester Cathedral, they went on to have the following children all born in Winsford, Clifford Deakin b1870, William Burston b1872, Henrietta May 1874, Florence Lola b1877, Raymond b1879, Theresa Gwendoline b1884, Thomas Rigby Gordon b1886, Arthur Reginald b1887 and George Stanley b1889. Following the death of his first wife Adela in 1900 he went onto re marry Florence Nightingale Warsop whom he married on 6th September 1900 in Nottingham, they went on to have a further child Mabel born in 1901. Thomas Rigby Gordon married his wife Mary Ellen Meads in 1909 , their marriage was recorded in the Basford Registration District, they lived at 70, Bentinck Street, Hucknall. They went on to have 2 daughters Gwendoline born 1910 at Mansfield and Florence Mary b1911. In the 1911 census the family are shown living at 70 Bentinck Street, Hucknall and are shown as Thomas Rigley Gordon Dignum 25 yrs a coal miner, hewer he is living with his wife Mary Ellen 23 yrs and their daughters Gwendoline 1 year and Florence Mary under 1 month old.
He was a coal miner/hewer
23 Mar 1919
2749977 - CWGC Website
12th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Private Thomas Rigby Gordon Dignum enlisted at Nottingham on 14th September 1914, he gave his age as 29 yrs and 4 months and his occupation as that of a miner he was initially posted to the Sherwood Foresters and on 29th August 1915 he embarked from Southampton landing at Le Harve the same day. He was wounded in action a gun shot wound to his foot which led to his return to England on 8th June 1916. Following treatment and rest he was again embarked from England at Folkstone on 15th June 1917, landing at Boulogne the same day, He was transferrd to the 5th battalion Scottish Rifles in the field on 7th July 1917. He was again wounded on 26th September 1917, gun shot wound to his shoulder and taken via casualty clearing station to Boulogne Hospital on 27th September and returned to England on 30th September 1917. Following treatment and recovery he once again returned to France landing at Calais on 8th May 1918 and served again with the Scottish Rifles. On 29th June 1918 he was gassed following which on 13th September 1918 he was transferred to (631159) Labour Corps. He was retuned to England and was discharged from the Army on 6th December 1918 being no longer physically fit for war service. He died on 23rd March 1919 and is buried in Hucknall Cemetery (grave ref. A.South.466).
Personal inscription on CWGC headstone, 'Died for his comrades'.
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  • Grave and headstone, Hucknall Cemetery, Nottingham. Photograph Rachel Farrand (August 2015).
    JRG Dignum - Grave and headstone, Hucknall Cemetery, Nottingham. Photograph Rachel Farrand (August 2015).