Charles Wiggett


Wiggett Charles Serjeant 3/9995 Suffolk Regiment.

He worked for Clowes and Sons Beccles (Printers) in the Machine Department before the war

From the Beccles Gazette of 6/11/1917 –

‘WOUNDED SOLDIER: Sergt Charles Wiggett of Suffolk Regt, writing’ ‘I was lying in reserve, staying in one of the pill-boxes and if Old Fritz sent one shell over he sent a thousand; in fact he made it a bit too hot, and I had to shift. On Thursday night we had orders for the front line, which was about three and a half miles away. Everything was quiet when we started, and we had nearly got there when he started to shell us with gas shells; but it was raining and the wind was strong, so the gas did very little harm. We arrived at our place about 2am the next morning, and had to lay about in shell-holes. It was raining cats and dogs.

We all knew we were going over the top, but there was another lot going over in front of us at 5.25 am. We were to follow later. Well, at 5.25 the guns started, and we expected to get shelled very heavily; but I am pleased to say we did not. The time came for us to start, and away we went, the enemy dropping his shells thickly in front of us. I got through most of them and had a rest beside a pill-box; but had not shifted more than six yards from it when a shell dropped only a foot from me. It blew me yards in the air, and when I came down I felt my leg and arm, and then my head, to ascertain if I had lost any of them. My steel hat was blown into the next shell hole. Picking it up I made for the nearest place of cover, and having done up my wounds I lay there for a short time and then made my way back towards the dressing station. I walked the best way I could for a mile, and had another rest; but when I tried to start again I could not move as my leg had got stiff, so I had to wait until the stretcher bearers arrived’. Eventually he arrived back in England and Wharncliffe War Hospital.

From the East Sussex Gazzette of 30/10/17 -

Mrs S Wiggett, 34 London Road, has had news that two of her sons, Sergeant Charles Wiggett and Private Arthur Wiggett, both of the Suffolk regiment, have been wounded. The Sergeant is in Wharncliff hospital and Private Wiggett, who has a body wound, is expected also to be sent back to England.








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