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Frederick William BRIGGS

Regimental number2601
Date of birth1892
Place of birthWindsorton, Cape Colony, South Africa
SchoolNational School, Redditch, Worcestershire, England
Age on arrival in Australia16
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLocomotive fireman
Address23 Lilley Street, South Fremantle, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 9.25"
Weight138 lbs
Next of kinFather, Francis John Briggs, 23 Lilley Street, South Fremantle, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date17 August 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 2 November 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll2601A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circularb. South Africa; went to England at age 10; to Australia at age 16. Was selected to be a sniper owing to his reputation as the best shot in the 51st Bn.
FateKilled in Action 5 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Age at death23
Place of burialRue-Du-Bois Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row E, Grave No. 12), Fleurbaix, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated (marble tablet) in St John's Anglican Church, Fremantle, Western Australia. Inscription reads: 'To the glory of God. The Choir Vestry was erected A.D. 1922 in grateful memory of the men from this parish who gave their lives for God and King and Country in the Great War 1914-1919. "Their name liveth for evermore."' Parents: Francis John and Ruth BRIGGS, 616 Edmund Street, Beaconfield, Western Australia
Family/military connectionsBrother (only): 778 Pte Francis BRIGGS, 12th Bn, killed in action, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BRIGGS Frederick William

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