W. G. Kightly
Service no. 127770
Private 2nd Class, Royal Air Force, 2nd Aircraft Depot
Died 11 December 1918, aged about 34
Remembered at Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, France
This identification is somewhat tentative as there is no supporting evidence that the W. G. Kightly listed on the CWGC database is the man listed on the 1911 census at Clyston Street. However, there is only one entry on the CWGC database for that name and none in the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919 database.
Information from the 1911 census
In 1911 William G. Kightly, 26, was living with his wife and child at 2 Clyston Street, Clapham, where they had 1 room. He gave his occupation as bottle washer and his place of birth as Battersea. His wife, Florence May Knightly, 23, was born in Peckham Rye. They lived with Lilly Annie Stocks, 10 months, a “nurse child” (foster child) born in Clapham, London.
Information from the 1901 Census
In 1901 William G. Kightly was a 17-year-old errand boy living with is family at 31 Motley Street, Battersea. His father, William F. Kightly, 51, was a blacksmith, labourer and “hammerman” born in Wolverton, Buckinghamshire, and his mother, Mary A. J. Kightly, 47, was born in Lambeth. Their daughters Emily Knightly, 19, and Jessie Kightly, 14, were general domestic servants. Other children named on the census were Harry Kightly, 13, May Kightly, 9, and Jennie Kightly, 6.