Lance Corporal John Wightman

First World War

Lance Corporal John Wightman, 7/8th Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He died of wounds in France on 3rd August 1917, aged 20. He was the son of John Wightman of Greenhead, Reston and is buried in St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France. He was wounded during the Battle of Pilckhem Ridge which was the opening phase of the Third Battle of Ypres. The Battalion reached their objective but with 57 dead and 240 wounded. He is also commemorated on the Cockburnspath War Memorial.