Frederick John BRIGGS MM

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BRIGGS, Frederick John

Service Number: 16
Enlisted: 3 December 1915, Armidale, NSW
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 33rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Manilla, New South Wales, Australia, February 1894
Home Town: Manilla, Tamworth Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in action, Polygon Wood, Belgium, 29 September 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 23), Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

3 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Armidale, NSW
4 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 16, 33rd Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
4 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 16, 33rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Marathon, Sydney
21 Aug 1917: Honoured Military Medal, On the night of 24th/25th February, 1917, in a raid on the enemy's trench, Private BRIGGS while acting as covering bomber for the wire cutters, was severely wounded in the right arm, but with great grit and determination he continued bombing with his left hand. He thus prevented the enemy, who were in readiness at the point of entry, from inflicting further casualties on our wire cutters, who were enabled to complete their work. His action contributed largely to the raiding party's success in entering the trench. The raiding party (drawn from 33rd Battalion) consisted of four Officers and 78 other ranks and entered the German trenches at PONT BALLOT, C.29.a.44.26 on 24th/25th February, 1917.' Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133 Date: 21 August 1917

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