Clarence Henry BRIGGS

Regimental number803
Place of birthBunbury, Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLime merchant
AddressAgett Road, Claremont, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinWife, Mrs Adelina Briggs, Agett Road, Claremont, Western Australia
Enlistment date24 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name44th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/61/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 6 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Trench Mortar Battery
FateReturned to Australia 10 December 1918

Meritorious Service Medal

'For continued good service, devotion to duty, and conspicuous gallantry in action. In June, 1917, he took part in MESSINES fighting, and fought his gun under very heavy enemy shell fire and machine gun fire, and displayed great courage in moving his gun into a forward position and dislodging the enemy from a strongly held position. In July and August, 1917, near WARNETON he again led his gun team without personal fear and set a fine example to all around him, of personal bravery, under heavy enemy fire. On October 4th, 1917, near PASSCHENDAELE, although wounded in face and arm he continued to fight his gun, and was instrumental in repelling the enemy from the cemetery near PASSCHENDAELE.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Meritorious Service Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal