Robert Wilfroy RIGGS

RIGGS, Robert Wilfroy

Service Number: 6593
Enlisted: 5 July 1916, Claremont, Tas.
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Burnie, Tas., 1889
Home Town: Burnie, Burnie, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Printer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 5 May 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Burnie War Memorial, Forth Congregational Church Sunday School HR, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

5 Jul 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 6593, 12th Infantry Battalion, Claremont, Tas.
20 Oct 1916: Involvement Private, 6593, 12th Infantry Battalion
20 Oct 1916: Embarked Private, 6593, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Port Lincoln, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Robert and Annie M. Riggs. Born at Burnie, Tasmania

THE LATE PRIVATE W. R. RIGGS
Mrs. Riggs, of Oakleigh, Burnie, has been the recipient of many condolences at the sad news of the death of her eldest son, Pte. W. R. Riggs, as recorded in the 'Advocate' and  'Times'' yesterday. Pte. Riggs had just turned 28 years of age, and was not only well known on the Coast, but very popular and highly respected. He was a native of Forth, but  most of his lifetime had been spent at Burnie, where he engaged in the printing trade, and spent several years at the 'Times' office, afterwards starting in the printing business with his brother. The deceased soldier enlisted 12 months ago,, and since his departure had written a number of highly interesting letters of his experiences, including one  published in the 'Advocate' and 'Times' a few weeks back, dealing with life in London, which was read with wide interest. It was one of the most interesting and ably written letters from the front that has appeaed in the Tasmanian press. The deceased, as hiss writing indicated, was possessed of considerable literary ability, and united with it an amiable and manly character, which made him a general favorite and marked him out as a man of promise had be been spared. He was a type of citizen which Tasmania can ill-afford to lose.

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