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Francis BRIGGS

Regimental number778
Place of birthWindsorton, Cape Colony, South Africa
Place of birthKimberley, South Africa
Other NamesBRIGGS, F
SchoolNational School, Redditch, Worcestershire, England
Age on arrival in Australia14
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Address23 Lilly Street, Fremantle, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 7"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, Francis John Briggs, 23 Lilly Street, Fremantle, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date31 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 September 1914
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, G Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board Transport A7 Medic on 2 November 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularBorn in South Africa; went to England at age 9.
FateKilled in Action 25 April 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death21
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 35), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
65
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated (marble tablet) in St John's Anglican Church, Fremantle, Western Australia. Inscription reads: 'To the glory of God. The Choir Vestry was erected A.D. 1922 in grateful memory of the men from this parish who gave their lives for God and King and Country in the Great War 1914-1919. "Their name liveth for evermore."' Parents: Francis and Ruth BRIGGS, 616 Edmond Street, Beaconsfield, Fremantle, Western Australia. Native of Windsorton, Cape Province, South Africa
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2601 Pte Frederick William BRIGGS, 51st Bn, killed in action, Fleurbaix, Fromelles, France, 5 July 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BRIGGS Francis

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