Private Arthur Harry Wigg

Wigg, Arthur Harry, Private, No. 2685, 1st Battalion Honourable Artillery Company, youngest son of the late Harry Owen Wigg, of Ealing, W., formerly of West Derby, Liverpool, Draper's Buyer, by his wife, Mary Walmsley (25, Gordon Road, Ealing, W), daughter of the late Thomas Fletcher, of Newsham Park, Liverpool; born West Derby, Liverpool, 16th October

1890, educated Elstow School (formally called Bedford County School), Bedford; was in the service of Messrs. Dalton & Young, Fenchurch Street, E.C.; volunteered for Imperial service after the outbreak of war and joined the H.A.C. in November 1914; left for France 26th April 1915, as one of a draft to the 1st Battalion; and was killed in action at Hooge, 16th June following. Early on the morning of the 16th the British had attacked with some success south of Hooge, capturing 1,000 yards of German front trenches and part of their second line. Towards night the troops holding the most advanced of the captured trenches were obliged to fall back, and volunteers were called to go to their support. Private Wigg was one of those who volunteered, and while advancing with a party composed of men from various units under Major G.N. Crosfield, 4th South Lancashires, was hit in the head by a piece of high explosive shell and killed instantaneously. He was buried by the side of a path leading to the Sunken Road between Hooge and Potijze; he was unmarried.

He was a very keen sportsman, being vice-captain of the Old Elstonian Hockey Club and a member of the Ealing Cricket Club, upon the committee of which he served.

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