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Frederick Albert Edwin Biggs

Biggs. Nelson Provincial Museum, Tyree Studio Collection: 94180

Biggs. Nelson Provincial Museum, Tyree Studio Collection: 94180

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Frederick Albert Edwin AWMM
  • Surname
    Biggs AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 11611 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    27 January 1892 AWMM NelsonTasman AWMM
  • Date of birth
    27 January 1892 Public - Peter - Researcher - 6 September 2017 - Military personnel files
  • Place of birth
    Nelson Public - Peter - Researcher - 6 September 2017 - Military personnel files
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Annie Biggs (mother), Tapawera, Nelson, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Battle of the Somme AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 11611 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Farmer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Frederick Biggs was the son of Alfred and Annie Biggs, of Tapawera, Nelson, New Zealand. AWMM
    • Private Frederick Albert Edwin Biggs (1892-1916).
      1NZEF Service # 11611, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 12th (Nelson) Company, 1NZEF.
      Born 27 January 1892 - at Nelson.
      Son of Alfred & Annie Biggs - of Tapawera, Nelson District.
      Prior to enlistment Frederick was employed as a farmer - at Tapawera.
      He enlisted for war service on 1 January 1916 - at Trentham Military Training Camp, Wellington. On 1 May 1916 he embarked for overseas war service - arriving at Suez on 9 June 1916.
      On 26 July 1916 he embarked again - from Suez to England - disembarking at Southhampton, England on 7 August 1916.
      On 20 August 1916 Private Biggs left Sling Camp in England - for war service at France,
      On 1 September 1916 he joined the 12th (Nelson) Company - of the Canterbury Infantry Regiment (2nd Battalion) - at the front-line in France.
      14 days later - on 15 September 1916 - Private Biggs was wounded in action (gun shot wound to the abdomen) and he was admitted to the 45th Casualty Clearing Station - in the battle field at France.
      Two days later - on 17 September 1916 - Private Frederick Biggs died of wounds - at the 45th Casualty Clearing Station, France.
      Private Biggs is buried at Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France A.36. Private Frederick Biggs is also remembered at his home-town in New Zealand - on the War Memorial (WW1) at Tapawera - and also Kohatu, Nelson Districts.
      Private Frederick Biggs is also remembered on the World War 1 'Wall of Remembrance' - at the Fernery, Founders Park, Nelson City Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 7 February 2022 - Reference : Military File : Archway, National Archives, New Zealand.
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About death

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  • Death
    17 September 1916 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    FranceEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France AWMM III. A. 36. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
    War memorials at Kohatu and Tapawera Public - Peter - Researcher - 6 September 2017 - audit of regional war memorials combined with local research
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  • I am the great niece of our great- uncle Fred Biggs. My mother was Muriel Westbrook,( nee Biggs) her father Hubert, was Fredericks brother. We were told that Frederick died at the Somm in France by our mother. My mother spoke dearly of his memory. Thank you for being able to contribute to his wonderful memory. I will ensure our children and grandchildren are told the history of a brave young soldier of 24 years of age who gave the ultimate sacrifice for his king and country. Joy Potter QLD AUSTRALIA.
    Public - JOY MAREE - Other Relative - 22 April 2015



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28 April 2023BruceHastingsOther relative
07 February 2022JeniferWairarapaResearcher
06 September 2017PeterNelson, New ZealandResearcher
14 April 2017AllanRotoruaResearcher
22 April 2015JOY MAREECaloundra, qld AustraliaOther Relative

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