Other names: Laurence
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetElham KentFrance & FlandersNewton Abbot, DevonGoland, St. Austell, Cornwall
Story: Laurence Digby was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 23rd January 1898 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 28th February 1898, the son of Sidney William Digby and Lettie Digby (née Lavis). He spent his early years with his family at 35 High Street, Shaftesbury, where his father was in business as an ironmonger. His father died on 31 Jan 1914 and the remaining family moved to 1 Belle Vue Terrace, Victoria Street, Shaftesbury. Laurence had enlisted with the1st Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment and in time had been promoted to Temporary 2nd Lieutenant (Service No. P141655). There is a pension record showing that he had been discharged due to Heart Palpitations and Defective Eyesight due to the effects of Mustard Gas. From this it is presumed he was in France & Flanders at some time but no medal records can be found. He married Louisa Mary Agnes Sparham Rowse Etheridge, a widow, in Elham, Kent, during 1922. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at The Moorings, Goland, St. Austell, Cornwall, and was described as a Fisherman (Summer). His death was recorded in St. Austell in 1963. His brother, John Kenneth Digby, also served and remained in the Army following the end of the war.