Chatteris WW1 Soldier George William Kightly (19737). Chatteris Remembers Biography
Pte George William Kightly 19737 10th Bn Hampshire Regiment Died 07 December 1915 George William Kightly was born in 1879 in Chatteris. He was the eldest son of James Kightly, an agricultural labourer. The family lived in Back Lane, Chatteris in 1881. By 1911 George was married to Charlotte and had 4 children. He was listed as a farmer in the census and lived at Crollode House in Somersham Fen. George enlisted in Bedford and was initially in the Befordhsire Regiment (18427) but by 1915 was in the 10th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. The 10th Hampshires were in 29 Brigade 10 Division, and on 7 and 8 December 1915, after withdrawing from Serbia, fought a battle at Kosturino (now in Macedonia), north of Lake Doiran. On 7 December 1915 seventy four men from the 10th Hampshires, including William, were killed in action. Extracts of the story of the Battle of Kosturino on the 7th December from ’Orange, Green and Khaki’: ”Six Bulgarian regiments or eighteen battalions were now directed against the three battalions of 30 Brigade, the main weight falling on the Rangers and Hampshires. All morning the battle raged on the right and centre. Every assault was repulsed with rapid fire. Every man who could hold a rifle was in the line. At 14:00, the enemy attacked from a strong position 100 yards from the front of the Rangers and remaining Hampshires. Bulgarian masses streamed down the ‘Hill of Howth’ under cover of machine-gun and artillery fire. The end came for the Connaught Rangers at 14:30 when Bulgarian masses poured forward, disregarding their losses. As they closed, the Rangers rose from their trenches, emptied their magazines into the enemy and closed with the bayonet in a desperate encounter. Against overwhelming numbers, there could be only one result. The enemy in overpowering numbers and admirable fierce courage surged into the two centre companies. The remnants of B, C and D Companies retired. Part of A Company … was outflanked, but gallantly held on to its position for a further hour until it and the Hampshire company withdrew to Crete Simonet and fought with 30 Brigade … Of the 1209 casualties [British losses in Serbia], just over half were suffered by the 5/Connaught Rangers and 10/Hampshires.” William has no known grave and is commemorated on the Dorian Memorial in Greece. Chatteris Remembers File Contains: • CWGC certificate • 1891, 1901, 1911 Census • Soldiers Died Document • Description of Battle of Kosturino Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund
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