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27312   Private Frederick Wigton
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 26/04/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 18/05/1885
Died: 29/03/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 32
Summary      
Frederick Wigton was the eldest son of William and Margaret Wigton. He was born on 18th May 1885 and lived at Cavan Hill, Killyman, Moy, County Tyrone. He was one of six children. Frederick was an agricultural labourer like his father. Frederick Wigton enlisted in Dungannon. Private Frederick Wigton (27312) was serving with C Company in the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action in France & Flanders on 29th March 1918, age 33.The CWGC also records Frederick Wigton as the husband of Mary Ann McMinn Wigton, of Culnagrew, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone.
Further Information
Frederick Wigton was the eldest son of William and Margaret Wigton. William Wigton married ‘Harriet’ Powell on 25th January 1884 in the district of Dungannon.
Frederick was born on 18th May 1885 at Cavan Hill, Killyman, Moy, County Tyrone. He was one of six children.
The 1901 census records Frederick as 16 years old. He was working as an agricultural labourer, like his father. The family were living in Cavan, Bernagh, Killyman, County Tyrone.
Family: William Wigton, Margaret ‘Harriet’ Wigton, Frederick Wigton (born 18th May 1885), Sarah Wigton (born 3rd June 1887), Ellen Wigton (born 14th October 1889), William Wigton (born 18th January 1893), Robert Wigton (born 8th August 1895), Andrew Wigton (born 16th April 1900).
The 1911 census lists Frederick as working as an agricultural labourer, like his father. The family were still living in Cavan, Bernagh, Killyman, County Tyrone
Frederick Wigton enlisted in Dungannon.
Private Frederick Wigton (27312) was serving with C Company in the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action in France & Flanders on 29th March 1918, age 33.
From the Tyrone Courier and Dungannon News dated Thursday 30 May 1918:
Private Fred Wigton, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who is reported wounded is a son of the late Mr William Wigton, Cavan, Killyman, Dungannon.
Private Fred Wigton has no known grave and is commemorated on Pozieres Memorial.
The CWGC records Frederick Wigton as the son of William and Margaret Wigton, of Cavan Hill, Killyman, Moy, Co. Tyrone.
The CWGC also records Frederick Wigton as the husband of Mary Ann McMinn Wigton, of Culnagrew, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone.
Frederick Wigton had a younger brother who also died in the war. Private Robert Wigton (11227) was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action in Belgium on 20th October 1918, age 22
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Cavan Hill, Killyman Killyman CWGC lists parents in Cavan Hill 54.499331 -6.703813
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1 1901 Census lists 'Wiggam' family Lists Frederick as age 16 living with the family at house 10 in Cavan, Bernagh, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Wigton family Lists Frederick as age 22 living with the family at house 13 in Cavan, Bernagh, Tyrone
3 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
4 Private Robert Wigton Brother of Private Frederick Wigton
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2018