Other names: John Kenneth
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetBrixham, DevonNewton Abbot, DevonTorbay, Devon
Story: John Kenneth Digby was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 3 Sep 1899 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 2 Oct 1899 the son of Stanley William Digby and Lettie Digby (nee Lavis). He lived his early life at 35 High Street, Shaftesbury, where his father ran an Ironmongers business. His father died in 1914 and the family moved to 1 Belle Vue Terrace, Victoria Street, Shaftesbury. John had enlisted with the Somerset Light Infantry as a Private (Service No. 575360) and later with the 17th Battalion of the London Regiment (Service No. 40511). It is not known in which theatre of war he served but it appears he signed on as a Regular Soldier after the end of the war. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He married Edith Elizabeth Thorne in Newton Abbott, Devon, in 1960 and subsequently died in the Torbay, Devon, Registry area on 12 Oct 1983. His brother, Laurence Digby, had also served and survived the conflict.