Mitchell Wightman

Wightman-MitchellName   Mitchell Wightman

Number    Private 6103

Battalion      Private, 37th Battalion

Place of Birth   Seaton 

Next of Kin  His Mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Wightman of Leongatha. Single man

Date and place of enlistment   Leongatha 30/3/1916

Physical details on enlistment Age 41 years 5’6” 11 stone 7 pounds, blue eyes, black hair

Religion   Presbyterian

Occupation   butcher and bookkeeper

Date and place of death

He died of wounds on 1/2/1917 at Armentieres

Location of grave or memorial

Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery Armentieres

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

The Wightman family farmed in the Shire since the early 20th Century

Military History

  • He attended Heyfield State School
  • 30/3/16 He enlisted
  • 28/7/16 He embarked Melbourne on HMAT Themistocles
  • 30/7/16 He suffered from bronchitis on the Themistocles

* He started in the 7th Training Battalion then moved to the 37th

  • 22/11/16 He went to France
  • 31/1/1917 He was reported missing in action and died on 1/2/1917
  • He was buried in Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery Armentieres
  • A report stated that he was shot through the head. Stretcher-bearers got to him but the enemy opened fire and they had to leave him. They found his body the next day
  • His name is on the Koorooman East Honour Roll
  • He was a single man from Koorooman East. The Wightman property was on the Inlet Road
  • 25/7/17 James Sutherland, solicitor, of Leongatha wrote for a death certificate

In the same letter he asked for a certificate for Pt. Edmund Percival Turner

  • His effects consisted of a pocket case, post cards, badges, style pen, handkerchief, school of instruction certificates
  • Mrs. Wightman was asked if she was the correct person to get Mitchell’s medals. H Wightman wrote on behalf of his mother stating that she is the correct person as his father is deceased. She received the medals in August 1922
  • 15/4/17 Mrs. Wightman, mother aged 84, was granted a pension of 2 pounds per fortnight from
  • He left his estate to his sister Annie Caroline Wightman. His mother should receive a payment from the estate for her life. The will was made by James Sutherland
  • He had a nephew named in his honour. Mitchell Wightman died as a POW on Ambon in 1945.

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