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Arthur Norman BIGGS

Regimental number3199
Place of birthKatoomba, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
Address285 Cleveland Street, Redfern, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 7.5"
Weight135 lbs
Next of kinFather, S G Biggs, 285 Cleveland Street, Redfern, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date24 January 1916
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 2 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Corps Working Party
FateReturned to Australia 2 January 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 2 April 1916; found guilty, at sea, of neglect of duty, 6 June 1916: awarded 24 hours' close detention; disembarked Suez, 9 June 1916.

Found guilty, Tel el Kebir, 25 July 1916, of disobedience of orders in that he was absent from guard duty after being warned, 12 July 1916: awarded 24 hours' detention.

Embarked Alexandria, 2 August 1916; marched into 8th Training Bn, Larkhill, England, 22 August 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 11 November 1916; taken on strength, 56th Bn, in the field, 1 December 1916.

Admitted to 5th Field Ambulance, 11 December 1916 (septic foot), and transferred same day to Anzac Rest Station; discharged to duty, 19 December 1916; rejoined Bn, in the field, 23 December 1916.

Awarded 5 days' Field Punishment No 2 for disobedience of orders, 17 January 1917.

Admitted to 5th Division Rest Station, 6 February 1917 (sore feet).

Posted as illegal absentee, 21 May 1917.

Found guilty, 2 June 1917, of being absent without leave, noon, 21 May, to noon, 22 May 1917: awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 2 days' pay.

Rejoined Bn from detention, 29 June 1917.

Tried by Field General Court Martial, 7 October 1917, on charges of '(1) when on Active Service deserting His Majesty's service; (2) absenting himself without leave at Chateau Segard Area on 21st day of September 1917 at 9 pm. Accused absented himself from 56th Bn which had that evening arrived at Chateau Segard Area en route for the trenches. He reported back to Detail Camp at 6 pm, 22 September 1917: period of absence - 2 days.' Pleaded Not Guilty to charge 1, Guilty to charge 2. Found guilty on both counts: awarded 2 years' imprisonment with hard labour, 7 October 1917; sentence suspended as from 12 November 1917.

Admitted to 14th Australian Field Ambulance, 5 May 1918 (cellulitis, left foot), and transferred to 4th Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 28, 6 May 1918, and admitted same day to 16th General Hospital, Etaples; discharged to Convalescent Depot, Havre, 11 June 1918. Submitted declaration of underage, 22 June 1918, and transferred to Australian Corps Working Party.

Admitted to 11th Australian Field Ambulance, 4 August 1918 (defective vision); transferred to Reinforcements Camp, 5 August 1918; rejoined unit, 29 August 1918.

Admitted to 91st Field Ambulance, 18 September 1918 (dermatitis); transferred to 41st Stationary Hospital, Amiens, 19 September 1918; rejoined unit, 4 October 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 10 November 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 23 December 1918.

Embarked for England for return to Australia, 9 December 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Berrima', 2 January 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 17 February 1919, for onward travel by sea to Sydney; discharged, Sydney, 1 April 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death7 April 1966
Age at death66
Place of burialChurch of England Cemetery, Dorrigo, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, BIGGS Arthur Norman

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