Hugh Richard (Dick) BIGGIN

BIGGIN , Hugh Richard

Service Number: 150
Enlisted: 9 September 1914, Blackboy Hill, Western Australia
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 11th Infantry Battalion
Born: Somerset, Burnie, Tasmania, 27 October 1890
Home Town: Pingelly, Pingelly, Western Australia
Schooling: Carn Road State School, Tasmania
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Pozieres, France, 20 August 1916, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Courcelette British Cemetery
Plot V, Row E, Grave No. 7, Courcelette British Cemetery, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Pingelly Marwonga Honour Roll, Pingelly Memorial Rotunda
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World War 1 Service

9 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 150, 11th Infantry Battalion, Blackboy Hill, Western Australia
2 Nov 1914: Involvement Private, 150, 11th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Fremantle embarkation_ship: HMAT Ascanius embarkation_ship_number: A11 public_note: ''
2 Nov 1914: Embarked Private, 150, 11th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Fremantle
20 Apr 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 11th Infantry Battalion, Temporary Corporal
20 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, 150, 11th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Hugh Richard BIGGIN was born on 27th October, 1890 in Somersset, Burnie, Tasmania

His parents were Henry BIGGIN and Margaret Ann CAMPBELL - he was one of 11 children

He enlisted on 9th September, 1914 at Blackboy Hill, Western Australia and embarked with the 11th Infantry Battalion on the HMAT Ascanius on 2nd November, 1914

He was invalided home due to illness before seeing active service as he had contracted pneumnia & pleurisy at the Isle of Lemnos while waiting to embark for Gallipoli - he returned to Australia on the ship HT Kyarra on 10th June, 1915 for and was admitted to hospital

After some time recouperating in Australia he sailed for France on 31st December, 1915 on the ship Caledonia to join his battalion

Hugh was Killed in Action at Pozieres, France on 20th August, 1916 and is buried in Courcelette British Cemetery

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


His brother Henry BIGGIN (SN 5332) also served in WW1 and returned to Australia in 1919



NOTE: The Family Name on the Embarkation Roll is incorrect. The Family Name as recorded in the Attestation Papers is BIGGIN.  This record has been amended to accord with the Attestation Papers. Correction undertaken by the RSL Virtual War Memorial, Chief Moderator, April 2016.