Oswald Leonard BRIGGS


BRIGGS, Oswald Leonard

Service Number: 6856
Enlisted: 8 March 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Inkerman via Port Wakefield, South Australia, 5 September 1887
Home Town: Port Wakefield, Wakefield, South Australia
Schooling: Malakhoff Publi School, Port Wakefield
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in action, Belgium, 17 December 1917, aged 30 years
Cemetery: Bethleem Farm West Cemetery
Row F, Grave 12 Chaplain F. Makeham officiated
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Dublin War Memorial, Mallala Wild Horse Plains Roll of Honour, Port Wakefield Bowmans Methodist Church & District WW1 Roll of Honour, Port Wakefield Memorial Arch
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World War 1 Service

8 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
7 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6856, 10th Infantry Battalion
7 Nov 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 6856, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Adelaide
Date unknown: Involvement 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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10 Battalion

Rank - Private

20 January 1917 – To hospital with Pneumonia

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

18 September 1918 – Mother wrote to Base Records stating that she had not yet received her son’s belongings

3 October 1918 - A letter from Base Records to Oswald’s mother in reply to her letter of the 18 September 1918 saying that his belongings had not yet arrived


Son of Thomas and Emma Briggs (nee Videon) of Bowman, later of Prospect. Brother of Albert Leonard, Lileard Myrtle, Myrtle Elizabeth, Leslie Hertwin, Hector Lionel, Iris Lilian and Linella Selma