Other names: Sidney Arthur Victor
Locations in this story: Tarrant Gunville, DorsetShaftesbury, DorsetSouthampton, HampshirePortsmouth, HampshireWarminster, Wiltshire
Story: Sidney Arthur Victor Wightman was born in Tarrant Gunville, Dorset, on 22 Mar 1887 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 23 May 1887 the son of James John Wightman and Agnes Emma Wightman (nee Johnson). He lived his early life with his family successively in Southampton and Portsmouth, Hampshire, where his father was a Butcher. Sidney followed in his father's footsteps and also became a Butcher. At some time his parents moved to 39 High Street, Shaftesbury, from where Sidney enlisted on 6 Dec 1915 (though not embodied until 18 Jun 1918) and joined the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No.42511). He served in the UK only and was eventually discharged on 27 Feb 1919. There are no evident medal records. He married Nellie Meaden in Shaftesbury during 1920. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 20/21 Market Place, Warminster, Wiltshire, and was the Manager of a Butchers Shop. His death was recorded in Warminster during 1969. His brother, Leslie Reginald Wightman, also served but was regrettably killed in action during the conflict.