Frederick James WIGGINS

Regimental number2009
Place of birthMajor's Creek, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressMajor's Creek via Braidwood, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 7.5"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinFather, J Wiggins, Major's Creek via Braidwood, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 March 1916
Place of enlistmentGoulburn, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name55th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/72/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A37 Barambah on 23 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 June 1919
Discharge date11 September 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 399 Trooper Charles William WIGGINS, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 23 December 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 23 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 25 August 1916.

Admitted to Military Hospital, Fargo, 28 August 1916 (not yet diagnosed); marched into 14th (NSW) Training Bn, Larkhill, from hospital, 4 September 1916(no further details of hospital treatment recorded).

Proceeded overseas to France, 12 November 1916; taken on strength, 55th Bn, in the field, 1 December 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 7 October 1917.

On leave, 8 December 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 27 December 1917.

Detached to Australian Corps Gas School, 9 February 1918; rejoined unit, 16 February 1918.

Appointed Temporary Corporal, 11 May 1918.

Detached to Brigade School, 16 June 1918; rejoined unit, 7 July 1918.

Promoted Temporary Sergeant, 11 September 1918.

Transferred to England, and detached to Overseas Training Brigade, 1 October 1918; marched into 14th Training Bn, Codford, 3 October 1918.

Marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 11 October 1918.

Found guilty, 22 October 1918, of being absent without leave from 2359, 20 October, to 0630, 21 October 1918: reprimanded.

Attended 25th Rifle Course at Australian School of Musketry, Tidworth, 21-30 October 1918: qualified First Class.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Darwin', 12 June 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 27 July 1919; discharged, 11 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal