13780 Pte Thomas Rigby, 10th Bn Duke of Wellington's (W Riding) Regt.
Born in Sawley, Yorkshire in 1890, Thomas, a farmer in civilian life, enlisted into the newly formed 10th battalion of the West Riding Regiment in Chatburn in September 1914. He arrived in France in August 1915 and was employed as a stretcher bearer until he was invalided back to the UK after suffering poisoning caused by infected drinking water. After 11 weeks in hospital, Thomas returned to France and resumed his former duties with his battalion until being struck down by shrapnel in the arm during the battle of the Somme. Invalided back to the UK for treatment again, Thomas was recovering well until complications set in. He died in Frensham Hospital, Surrey, but was buried closer to home in St.Ambrose Churchyard, Grindleton.
21 July 1916
Research by David O'Mara