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Mervyn Bournes HIGGINS

Date of birth8 November 1887
ReligionChurch of England
AddressSelborne Chambers, Chancery Lane, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 10.5"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinFather, Justice Higgins, High Court of Australia, 'Doona', Malvern, Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in King's Colonial Yeomanry [subsequently named King Edward's Horse].
Enlistment date3 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name8th Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/13/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A16 Star of Victoria on 25 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Light Horse Regiment
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Recommendation date: 7 December 1915

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Supplement No. 30169 (6 July 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 174 (11 October 1917).

FateKilled in Action 23 December 1916
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialKantara War Memorial Cemetery (Row A, Grave No. 190), Egypt
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry and Mary HIGGINS, Doona, Malvern, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Father, Mr Justice Higgins, subsequently wrote: 'My grief has condemned me to hard labour for the rest of my life.'

SourcesNAA B2455 5457783

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