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Remembered Today:

Pte. Robert Digby 9368 Hampshire Regt.


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I am reading A Foreign Field by Ben Macintyre. I have read the other posts about this book and if I have missed the answer to my question i apologise.

While reading the book I thought I would look up the records about Robert and they appear to have his name mixed with his brother Thomas. Did Thomas survive the war?

On the CWGC record we have


Initials: R

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Private

Regiment: Hampshire Regiment

Unit Text: 1st. Bn.

Date of Death: 30/05/1916

Service Number: 9368

Aditional Infomation: Sonn of Robert and Ellen Digby Beechcroft Beaumont Road Totton Hants Born at Northwich Cheshire (The 1901 and 1891 Censuses state that he was born in India)

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Memorial Reference: 4


SDGW states

Name: Thomas Digby

Birth Place: Rorkee Bengal India

Residence: Totton Hants

Death Date: 30 May 1916

Death Location: France and Flanders

Enlistment Location: Winchester

Rank: Private

Regiment: Hampshire Regiment

Battalion: 1st. Battalion

Number: 9368

Type of Casualty: Killed in Action

Theatre of War: Western European Theatre


DIGBY Thomas

Hamps R Pte 9368

Victory, British, 14 Star and 1914 Star Clasp (there looks like another clasp Cl/2/?765 cancelled)

Remarks: Pres Dead.

On the reverse is his mothers address and a reference to the Clasp dated 8/1/20

Can someone explain the discrepances with the name and all the same service number please.


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Hi dental

I have just checked the Forces genealogy site, It has Thomas digby died 30/5/1916.But sadly this site doesn't have army numbers

I think the CWGC have got it wrong , but not 100% sure

I hope this helps



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Hello Ian

Thankyou for your reply in the book it was Robert who died on that date, its a bit of a puzzle.


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The gravestone in Le Catelet churchyard states that 9368 R. Digby was aged 31.

Thomas Digby, born in 1888 (according to 1911 census) so would have been 28 in 1916.

Robert L. Digby, son of Henry and Mary Digby, of Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, was born in 1885, so would have been 31 in 1916.

Does this help at all?


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Hello Martin

Thankyou for your reply Thomas was three years younger than Robert, hving had a look further into the book Thomas did survive the war.

Their parents were Robert and Ellen Digby, their father was a Colonel in the Indian Army.


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