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Thomas Warren BIGGS

Regimental number925
Date of birth26 October 1894
Place of birthKildare, Co Kildare, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressNewmarket Hotel, Flinders Street, Townsville, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 7.75"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs L Biggs, Dungarvin, Waterford, Ireland
Previous military serviceServed in the Senior Cadets for 3 years (140 drills).
Enlistment date13 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 August 1914
Place of enlistmentTownsville, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, H Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board Transport A5 Omrah on 24 September 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
FateDischarged 14 May 1917
Discharge date14 May 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, England

Reported missing, Gaba Tepe, 25 April 1915; subsequently (no date given) reported wounded, not missing. Wounded in action, 31 July 1915 (bullet wound, left eye); admitted to No 2 Australian General Hospital, Ghezireh, 6 August 1915; transferred to No 1 Australian General Hospital, Cairo, 7 August 1916; to England, 17 November 1915, and admitted to Brook War Hospital, Woolwich, 4 December 1918.

Marched out to 3rd Training Bn, Perham Downs, 9 November 1916. Found guilty, 21 December 1916, of being absent without leave from midnight, 28 November, to 9 am, 30 November 1916: awarded 168 hours' detention and forfeited 14 days' pay.

Admitted to No 2 Auxiliary Hospital, 6 February 1917 (loss of eye); discharged to Headquarters, 11 May 1917.

Discharged in the United Kingdom, 14 May 1917 (permanently unfit for war service at home or abroad; intended residence, 51 Frankfort Avenue, Rathgar, Dublin, Ireland).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Subsequently served in the Royal Army Service Corps, intelligence Corps, 10 October 1917-9 August 1918. British War Medal and Victory Medal issued by the Commonwealth of Australia were returned to Base Records from Australia House, 7 May 1924, and cancelled, and replacement medals were issued by the British authorities.
SourcesNAA: B2455, BIGGS Thomas Warren

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