James Edward HIGGINS

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HIGGINS, James Edward

Service Number: 3140
Enlisted: 28 July 1915, Melbourne, Vic.
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 15th Light Trench Mortar Battery
Born: Newstead, Victoria, Australia, 1893
Home Town: Newmarket, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Orchardist
Died: Died of wounds, Belgium, 27 September 1917
Cemetery: Menin Road South Military Cemetery
Plot I, Row S, Grave NO. 39
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

28 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3140, 23rd Infantry Battalion, Melbourne, Vic.
26 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3140, 23rd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
26 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3140, 23rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Commonwealth, Melbourne
23 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 58th Infantry Battalion, Egypt
5 Jul 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 15th Light Trench Mortar Battery, France
19 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3140, 15th Light Trench Mortar Battery, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)
26 Jan 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 15th Light Trench Mortar Battery, France
25 Aug 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 15th Light Trench Mortar Battery, Belgium
25 Sep 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 3140, 15th Light Trench Mortar Battery, Polygon Wood, SW to leg and ankle. Evacuated to 6th Australian Field Ambulance however died of wounds 27 September 1917 near Ypres.
27 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 3140, 15th Light Trench Mortar Battery, Polygon Wood

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Biography contributed by Robert Wight

A 21 year old orchardist prior to enlisting on 31 July 1915, Pte James Edward Higgins embarked for overseas with the 7th Reinforcements from Melbourne aboard HMAT Commonwealth (A73) on 26 November 1915.

After arriving in Egypt, he transferred to the 58th Battalion and proceeded with them to France in June 1916. He was promoted to Lance Corporal and then transferred to the 15th Light Trench Mortar battery.

A month after being promoted to Corporal (Cpl), he was wounded in action on 25 September 1917 and died from his wounds two days later. Cpl Higgins is buried in the Menin Road South Military Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium.

Source: AWM

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