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Mark Briggs

Nominal Roll Vol 3 (Roll 69), Page: 12 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 3 (Roll 69), Page: 12 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Mark AWMM
  • Surname
    Briggs AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 51629 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    A. Briggs (father), 9 Cuba Street, Palmerston North, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 51629 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Auctioneer/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
    Wounds Diseases Etc., WWI AWMM
    Injured while recieving punishment for not carrying out orders (conscientious objector) AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Conscientious objector. "Mark Briggs objected to taking part in the First World War on socialist grounds. He was arrested and became one of 14 conscientious objectors forcibly deported to Europe and sent to military camps. All of the men were humiliated and abused to try to make them give in, and Briggs was dragged across nail-studded duckboards because he would not walk to the front lines. Briggs and Archibald Baxter were the only two objectors who held out until their return to New Zealand." - 'Mark Briggs Great War Story', URL:, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 20-Apr-2015 AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Briggs never enlisted. He, and 13 other conscientious objectors, were sent to war against their wishes. Briggs opposed all war and was tortured by the New Zealand Government and military for his views. May his rejection of militarism and opposition to all war be a message to us all. Mark Briggs later became a member of the Upper house of Parliament and was the only MP to oppose New Zealand entering WW2.
    Public - Allan Harvey - Comrade - 6 March 2015



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07 March 2015Allan HarveyKapiti CoastComrade

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