David BRIGGS

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BRIGGS, David

Service Number: 4151
Enlisted: 23 August 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Nottingham, England, 19 June 1890
Home Town: American River, Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 25 April 1918, aged 27 years
Cemetery: Hangard Communal Extension Cemetery
Plot II, Row A, Grave No. 17
Memorials: Adelaide M04d The 50th Battalion Commemorative Cross, Adelaide National War Memorial (South Australia), Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, KingscoteHB1*, Penneshaw HB1 - Dudley District Hall WW1*, PenneshawM1*
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World War 1 Service

23 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4151, 10th Infantry Battalion, Adelaide, South Australia
11 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4151, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Adelaide
11 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4151, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
29 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 50th Infantry Battalion
6 Jul 1916: Wounded GSW (left arm) Fleurbaix, France
16 Aug 1916: Wounded Pozières, 2nd occasion - GSW (back)
17 Apr 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 50th Infantry Battalion
10 Jun 1917: Wounded Messines, 3rd occasion - GSW (knee)
15 Nov 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 50th Infantry Battalion
25 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 4151, 50th Infantry Battalion, Villers-Bretonneux

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Biography

"...4151 Private David Briggs, 50th Battalion. A farmer from American River, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, prior to enlistment, he embarked with the 13th Reinforcements of the 10th Battalion on 11 January 1916 aboard HMAT Borda (A30) for Suez. In late February 1916 he was transferred to the 50th Battalion which relocated to the Western Front, France, in early June 1916. Pte Briggs was wounded in action near Fleurbaix on 6 July 1916 and was able to rejoin his unit four weeks later. He was wounded in action on a second occasion in mid-August 1916 which resulted in his evacuation to England for treatment and recuperation before rejoining the battalion in late January 1917. Pte Briggs was appointed Lance Corporal (L Cpl) on 17 April 1917. L Cpl Briggs was wounded in action on a third occasion near Messines on 10 June 1917, was treated in Boulogne and rejoined his unit in mid-September 1917. He was promoted to Corporal (Cpl) on 15 November 1917. Cpl Briggs was killed in action at Villers-Bretonneux on 25 April 1918 and is buried in the Hangard Communal Cemetery Extension, France. He was aged 28 years." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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