BORN THORNE 1896. SON OF WILLIAM & ELIZABETH ANN DIGLIN, OF 10 HIGH STREET, HULL AND 7 NORTH FIELD VILLAS, ROSEMEAD STREET, HULL. ONE OF SEVEN CHILDREN.
BEFORE THE WAR HE WORKED FOR BANKS LTD FLOUR MILLS. HE ENLISTED HULL IN 1915, JOINING THE YORK AND LANCASTER REGIMENT. HE LIVED WITH HIS BROTHER, GEORGE AT 4 CROFTON AVENUE, EGTON STREET, HULL (ARMY RECORD ADDRESS). HE WAS KILLED IN ACTION 24/07/1917, AGED 21. HIS NAME IS RECORDED ON ST MARY’S CHURCH, LOWGATE MEMORIAL.
HE IS BURIED AT COXYDE MILITARY CEMETERY, WEST-VLAANDEREN, BELGIUM.
HE WAS ONE OF THREE BROTHERS WHO DIED IN THE WAR. A FOURTH BROTHER PTE, ERNEST DIGLIN, Y624, 6TH KRRC, WAS WOUNDED AND DISCHARGED FROM THE SERVICE ON 23/10/1916, WITH THE SILVER WAR BADGE.
The three Diglin brothers who died, were:- Private, George Diglin, East Yorkshire Regiment, service no 13/505, killed on 13/11/1916, Walter Diglin, York and Lancaster Regiment Service no 203159. 24/04/1917; and William Diglin, East Yorkshire Regiment 7th Battalion, Service No. 3/33418, 25/04/1917. George and Walter’s service records still exist and can be viewed on Ancestry or Find My Past. There was also a 4th brother who served – Ernest, Kings Royal Rifle Corps 6th Battalion Service No Y624. Ernest was discharged from the service because of wounds he received in action. He was discharged 23/10/1916 and awarded the Silver War Badge. His service record still exists.