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Golightly, G.F., 2nd Lieut., 1917

G.F. Golightly

Family headstone

War Diary entry 19th Batt DLI

Newcastle Journal Thursday 10/05/1917

Newcastle Journal Friday 11/05/1917

In Nesle Communal Cemetery is the Commonwealth War Grave of 16/231 2nd Lieutenant George Frederick Golightly, serving with the 19th Battalion (Service) Durham Light Infantry, who died 07/05/1917.

In Newcastle Cemetery, Fenham, is a family headstone which reads:

Pray for the
repose of the
souls of
Matthew Golightly
died 4. Sept. 1930
aged 67 years
and of his sons
aged 26 years
Joseph Henry
aged 22 years
George Frederick
aged 19 years
killed in action
Great War 1914-18
and his wife
Annie Golightly
died 27 Jan. 1940
aged 70 years
Also Annie Lilian
dear daughter
and sister of the above
died 2nd Jan 1994
aged 101 years.

George Frederick Golightly was born at Newcastle-upon-Tyne on the 27th August 1897, the third son of Matthew Golightly, of 66, Wingrove Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, an Accountant, and his wife Annie, daughter of Joseph White.

George was educated at St. Cuthbert's Grammar School, in Newcastle, and originally enlisted into the 16th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers as a private in August 1914, he was still with them when they embarked in November 23rd 1915. He was in 'A' Company. [The Embarkation Roll for the above Battalion has his initials as C.].

On the 25th January 1917 he was gazetted a 2nd Lieutenant in the 19th Battalion Durham Light Infantry.

He died from wounds received at Fricourt on the 7th May at Nesle, following from wounds received on the 6th May. He was unmarried.

De Ruvigny Roll of Honour

Acknowledgements: Sheila Clapperton.

His brothers John Henry Golightly and Matthew Golightly also died in the Great War.

George Frederick Golightly is remembered at Newcastle on NUT043, NUT052, in NUT068 page 100 and 173, and on NUT161

The CWGC entry for 2nd Lieutenant Golightly

If you know more about this person, please send the details to janet@newmp.org.uk