Wiggett, Alan James

He was the son of Henry Edward Allan Wiggett (I1882-1887), of Allanbay, Binfield, Bracknell, and Marguaretta Leslie Wiggett (daughter of James William McNabb, of Arthurstone, Binfield). He came to Winchester from Mr. A.H. Delme Radcliffe’s school at Winchfield.

After one term at Oriel College, Oxford he was gazetted, in March 1915, to 13th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps, and went to France in November 1915. According to the Commonealth War Graves Commission, Wiggett was serving at the time of his death in ‘D’ Company of 4KRRC: however, this battalion was by then serving in Salonika and so Wiggett cannot have been with 4KRRC at the time of his death in March 1916.   Indeed, the war diary of 13KRRC tells us that he was still serving with them: “March 8th 1916, Balleulval: Enemy quiet. About 1900 a patrol of four men went out under 2nd Lieutenant Wiggett with orders to reconnoitre the ground between the roads leading from Ransart to Berles and Alouette. Unfortunately he approached too near an enemy sap and was wounded just outside the enemy wire and is believed to have been killed almost instantaneously. The patrol had to leave him as the enemy appeared to be taking steps to surround them. Two search parties went out but they were unable to get near enough to find the body owing to the light night and the frosty ground. At 0445 they had to return unsuccessful. In 2nd Lieutenant Wiggett the battalion lost a promising young officer who has always showed courage and devotion to duty.”

Wiggett had actually fallen wounded into the hands of the enemy, and died a week later in a German hospital at Ayette, aged nineteen. His death was officially announced on April 18th 1916. He rests in grave IV.G.40 of the Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Ficheux.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Wiggett
  • Forenames or initials: Alan James
  • House: C
  • Years in School: 1910-1914
  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Regiment: King's Royal Rifle Corps
  • Date of Birth: 14th June 1896
  • Date of Death: 15th March 1916
  • How Died: Died of Wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer F6
  • Decoration: NA