|Place of birth||Stroud, New South Wales|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Gloucester, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||19|
|Next of kin||Father, Thomas Lavers Higgins, Gloucester, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Newcastle, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Driver|
|Unit name||30th Battalion, Headquarters|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/47/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on
|Regimental number from Nominal Roll||196|
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||30th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)||Date of death given (incorrectly) on Nominal Roll as 20 July 1915.|
|Place of burial||Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row D, Grave No 3), France|
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
War service: Egypt, Western Front
Embarked Sydney, 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 16 December 1915.
Reverted to Private at own request, 8 May 1916.
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.
Reported missing, 20 July 1916.
Note on file, 13 March 1917: 'Identification Disc received from Germany. No particulars were afforded, except that Soldier was deceased.' May now be reported "KILLED IN ACTION" 20/7/16.'
German note on file: 'austr. Sold. Higgins, W.B. 30. austr. Batl. am 19.7.16 in Gegend Fromelles gefallen.'
Note on Red Cross File No 1330407: 'The above name appeared on German Death List 4-11-16.'
Statement, 1196 Lance Corporal V.H. DRAKE, 30th Bn (patient, 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, England), 22 September 1916: 'Informant states that on July 20/16 at Fleurbaix he was with Higgins well up in the communication trench when a raid was made; they bombarded the Germans and in the counter-attack Higgins got further away and was cut off and taken prisoner by the Germans who got between the lines.'
Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory MedalOriginally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 2), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
|Miscellaneous details||Regimental Number incorrectly recorded on Embarkation Roll as 96.|
|Sources||NAA: B2455, HIGGINS William Bruce
Red Cross file 1330407