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Regimental number1289
Place of birthBalmain, Sydney, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address77 Short Street, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29.3
Height5' 9"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinGeorge Higgins, 16 Carliba Road, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Previous military serviceServed in the Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date17 November 1915
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameMining Corps, Company 3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 20 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Tunnelling Company
FateDied of wounds 22 May 1918
Place of burialPernes British Cemetery (Plot I, Row F, Grave No. 37), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 20 February 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 5 May 1916.

Admitted to 73rd Field Ambulance, 15 November 1916 (balanitis); transferred to 51st General Hospital, Etaples, 18 November 1916; discharged from hospital, 19 December 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 35 days.

Rejoined unit, in the field, 16 January 1917.

Found guilty, 5 May 1917, of when on Active service creating a disturbance, 3 May 1917: awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No 1.

Wounded in action, 19 May 1918 (gas shell); admitted to 1st Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, 20 May 1918.

Died of wounds (gas shell poisoning), 22 May 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HIGGINS Colin

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