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Richard BIGGS

Regimental number244
Place of birthBungaree, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
AddressTarnagulla, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 8.5"
Weight145 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs R Biggs, Tarnagulla, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date14 September 1914
Place of enlistmentWarracknabeal, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Light Horse Regiment, B Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/13/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A16 Star Of Victoria on 25 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Imperial Camel Brigade
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 14 September 1914. Taken on strength, 8th Light Horse, 21 December 1914. Transferred to Camel Corps, 14 February 1917. Promoted Lance-Corporal, 18 March 1917.
FateKilled in Action 19 April 1917
Place of death or woundingGaza, Palestine
Date of death19 April 1917
Age at death25
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsJerusalem Memorial, Palestine
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
10
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated on Tarnagulla Roll of Honour ('Pro Deo et Patria'), Tarnagulla, Victoria.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Palestine

Embarked Alexandria for Gallipoli, 16 May 1915; admitted to No 2 Field Ambulance, Gallipoli, 27 May 1915 (diphtheria or tonsillitis); transferred to No 1 Australian Stationary Hospital, Lemnos Island, 28 May 1915; discharged to duty, 31 May 1915; proceeded for Malta, 31 May 1915; admitted to St Andrews Miliary Hospital, Malta, 4 June 1915 (tonsillitis); returned to duty, Gallipoli, 14 July 1915; admitted to 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance, Mudros Bay, 23 July 1915 (tonsillitis); transferred to base, 26 July 1915; arrived at Malta and admitted to St Georges Hospital, 29 July 1915 (diphtheria and tonsillitis); out of danger, 3 September 1915; transferred to St David?s Hospital, 14 August 1915 (appendicitis); reported as dangerously ill, 15 August 1915; admitted to 5th London General Hospital, England, 24 September 1915.

Returning to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 25 March 1916; rejoined 3rd Light Horse Training Regiment, Tel-el-Kebir, Egypt, 12 April 1916.

Transferred to 3rd Double Squadron, 23 June 1916; taken on strength, Serapeum, 1 July 1916; promoted temporary Corporal, 1 July 1916.

Appointed temporary Sergeant, 30 July 1916.

Taken on strength, Australian Training Camel Regiment, El-Ferdan, 2 November 1916; reverted to ranks on ceasing duties with 3rd Double Squadron, 2 November 1916.

Taken on strength, Imperial Camel Corps, Abbassia, 14 February 1917; allotted to 1st Bn, 3rd Company, 16 February 1917; taken on strength, 19 February 1917.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 18 March 1917.

Killed in action, Gaza, 19 April 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BIGGS Richard

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