Francis John KIGGINS


KIGGINS, Francis John

Service Number: 17151
Enlisted: 17 January 1916
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 8th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Thirroul, Bulli, New South Wales, Australia, June 1899
Home Town: Newtown, Inner West, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Publisher
Died: Pneumonia, France, 14 January 1919
Cemetery: Hautmont Communal Cemetery
Hautmont Communal Cemetery (Plot IV, Row C, Grave No. 1), France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

17 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Driver, SN 17151, 11th Field Artillery Brigade
5 Jun 1916: Involvement Driver, SN 17151, 11th Field Artillery Brigade
5 Jun 1916: Embarked Driver, SN 17151, 11th Field Artillery Brigade , HMAT Borda, Sydney
15 Sep 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Driver, 8th Field Artillery Brigade
21 Apr 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Driver, SN 17151, 8th Field Artillery Brigade , German Spring Offensive 1918, Gassed

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Marie Victorine, for my Australian friend Carol Sciberras, September 18, 2020

HAUTMONT Communal Cemetery
Driver John Francis KIGGINS – died January 14, 1919
John was born in Thirroul, NSW, he had six siblings.
Service No: 17151
Age: 22
Regiment/Service: Australian Field Artillery, 8th Bde.
Son of Thomas and Dolly Kiggins, of 112, Australia St., Newtown, New South Wales.

John Francis KIGGINS served as a driver for 11 FAB (3rd reinforcements) He embarked Sidney on the HMAT Bordia on June 1916. Before enlistment J.F. Kiggins was 19 year old publisher from Newton NSW.
Whilst serving with 8FAB, J.F. Kiggins was wounded by a gas attack on 27 April 1918

Having survived many months of conflict on the Western front J.F. Kiggins died on 14 January 1919 of pneumonia whislt hospitalised at the 14th Casualty Clearing Station.

He is buried in Hautmont Communal Cemetery France. His elder Edward Leo Kiggings also served in 11FAB and managed to survive the war.