3456306 Private William BRIGGS, 1st Bn. South Lancs Regiment: 14/06/1944

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  1. ritsonvaljos

    ritsonvaljos Senior Member

    Remembering today - 14 June 1944:

    Casualty Details | CWGC
    Private William Briggs,
    Service No: 3456306
    Unit: 1st Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment
    Age: 29
    Died: 14 June 1944
    Buried: La Délivrande War Cemetery, Douvres - La Délivrande, Calvados, France.
    Grave Reference: IV.G.11
    Next of Kin: Son of the late Mr William Briggs and Mrs Jane Ann Briggs (née Whitten) of Arlecdon, Cumberland

    He is also commemorated on the war memorial of his home village of Arlecdon (now in Cumbria).
    Gone but not forgotten.
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  2. Owen

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  3. Bernard85

    Bernard85 WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    good day ritsonvaljos.sm.yesterday.08:22pm.re:remembering 14/6/44:private william briggs south lancs regt,h.may he rest in peace.regards bernard85 :poppy: :poppy:
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  4. ritsonvaljos

    ritsonvaljos Senior Member

    Thanks for the link to the war diary, Owen.

    The death of Private William Briggs in France was history repeating itself.

    On 21 March 1918 his father, Driver William Briggs, Royal Field Artillery, was killed in action while serving in the Arras sector. He has no known grave, William Briggs (Snr.) is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, although his CWGC does not provide any 'Additional infomation', such as his N.O.K. or his hometown.

    This is the CWGC commemoration for William Briggs (Snr.):

    Rank: Driver
    Service No: 11970
    Date of Death: 21/03/1918
    Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery, "D" Bty. 10th Bde.
    Panel Reference: Bay 1.
    Memorial: ARRAS MEMORIAL. Pas de Calais

    William Briggs (Snr.) and William Briggs (Jnr.) are both commemorated on the Arlecdon Village War Memorial.

    "Like father, like son".

    Not forgotten.
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  5. englandphil

    englandphil Very Senior Member

  6. ritsonvaljos

    ritsonvaljos Senior Member

    Thanks for posting the photograph of the gravestone.
  7. David Briggs

    David Briggs Junior Member

    Many thanks also, for posting the photo of the headstone.
    William Briggs was my 1st cousin once removed.
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  8. harkness

    harkness Well-Known Member

    62 Arlecdon Road, Ennerdale, Cumberland
    Jane A Briggs 22 May 1889 Unpaid Domestic Duties (widow)
    Thomas Whitten 12 Jul 1894 Disabled Ex Soldier (single)
    William Briggs 22 Jan 1915 General Labourer (single)
  9. David Briggs

    David Briggs Junior Member


    Thank you for the 1939 Register entry details. I have copies of 3456306 William Briggs service record, short though it is, as well as the casualty list and grave registration documents together with a PDF copy of his formal will. He originally enlisted in 1940 in the 2/8 Lancashire Fusiliers (Territorial Forces) and from there he went to the 1st South Lancashire Regiment.

    Thanks once again.
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  10. David Briggs

    David Briggs Junior Member

    Willliam Briggs (Snr.) was my great-uncle and brother to my grandfather, John Briggs.
    The CWGC is in error in that his regiment was actually: Royal Field Artillery, "D" Bty. 160th (Wearside) Bde.
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  11. ritsonvaljos

    ritsonvaljos Senior Member

    Hello David,
    If you have original documentation about the correct battalion of your Gt Uncle you could send this to the CWGC and they may correct the error. Good luck.

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