Edward James BRIGGS

Badge Number: 30409, Sub Branch: State

BRIGGS, Edward James

Service Number: 3275
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Port Broughton, South Australia, 1899
Home Town: Port Broughton, Barunga West, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Daw Park, South Australia, 28 February 1963, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
Memorials: Port Broughton War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

7 Mar 1918: Involvement Private, SN 3275, 43rd Infantry Battalion
7 Mar 1918: Embarked Private, SN 3275, 43rd Infantry Battalion, SS Ormonde, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by tony griffin

Edward James Briggs was the son of William and Priscilla Ruth Briggs of Port Broughton.  He was born at Port Broughton in 1899. A labourer, he was 18 years old when he enlisted on 18 August  1917.

Edward was appointed to 8th Reinforcements 43rd Battalion and embarked from Melbourne aboard SS Ormonde on 6  March 1918. Bound for England the ship passed through the Suez Canal where Edward, suffering from bronchitis, was taken off the ship. He was evacuated to hospital and three months later transferred to Hospital Transport “Port Darwin” that sailed for Australia on 12 July 1918. He arrived in Sydney on 17 August and was discharged on 4 November 1918.