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Arthur Edward BIGGS

Regimental number1622
Place of birthWeston-Super-Mare England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressWoodspring, Inglewood, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinMother, Mrs Amelia Biggs, Woodspring, Inglewood via Warwick, Queensland
Enlistment date29 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name42nd Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/59/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 5 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Unspecified


'(Near Le Barque, 24-26 February 1917) Great courage and devotion to duty as runner.'
Recommendation date: 10 March 1917

FateReturned to Australia 1 February 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'Near LE BARQUE, FRANCE, on the 24/26th February, 1917, Pte. BIGGS who acted as a runner during the operations, showed great courage in carrying despatches, often through heavy artillery and machine gun fire. On one occasion he was thrown into the air by the concussion of a shell and though badly shaken, he carried on with his duties.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 140
Date: 27 August 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death4 January 1973
Place of burialEvergreen Cemetery

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