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BRIGGS , Edward W / Edward Walter



Reference Name LP3903

Conflict Commemorated:WWI

Last Name:BRIGGS

First Name:Edward W / Edward Walter

Birthplace:Navenby

Rank:Rifleman

Service Number:6268

Regiment/ Service:London Regt.

Unit:16th Bn. (Queen's Westminster Rifles) First

Date of Death:18/09/1916

Cause of Death:Killed in action

Place of Burial/ Commemoration:THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Somme

Country:France

Panel/ Bay/ Grave:13 C

UK Memorials:Navenby

Biographical Notes:'News has been received that Rifleman E. W. Briggs, of the Queen?s Westminster Rifles, is believed to have died of wounds in France. He is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Briggs, of Navenby, and son-in-law pf the Mayor and Mayoress of Lincoln, he having married Miss Ethel Parker, the Mayor?s third daughter, in August. 1914. He was well known in the district, and equally so in Lincoln. Prior to enlistment, Rifleman Briggs was a traveller in the employ of Messrs. Lever Bros. Ltd., and was agent for Cumberland and Westmorland. He joined at the beginning of March, 1916 and went out early in August. For six weeks he was stationed at a French coast town, and afterwards despatched to the front. No word has been heard of him for some time, and the anxiety concerning him has been great. It was on September 17th that Rifleman Briggs wrote stating that he was just going into the trenches. On Sunday morning news came to Mrs Briggs from her son?s Commanding Officer stating that the following news was as definite as enquiry could elicit. ?Rifleman Briggs took part in the great attack on Sept. 19th, and shortly after our start was seen to fall by two men, who picked him up and laid him in a shell hole, which was the best possible shelter under the circumstances. The two men feel convinced that he is dead, although they desire to state that they would not like to make a definite statement for fear they should be wrong.? The letter concludes with the officer?s very sincere sympathy to Mrs. Briggs. The officer also states in his letter that a comrade and close friend deceased had also written to Mrs Briggs, but this letter has, we are informed, not reached its destination. (Lincolnshire Chronicle, 28th October 1916, page 7). Concerning the fate of Rifleman E. W. Briggs, of the Queen?s Westminster Rifles, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Briggs of Navenby, and son-in-law of the Mayor and Mayoress of Lincoln, Coun. and Mrs. C. T. Parker, no official news has, we regret to say, has been received, but Pte. R. W. Wren. Of the same regiment, and a close comrade of Rifleman Briggs, has written to a reply to enquires by Mrs. Briggs, the Mayors eldest (sic), the following letter, in which he expressed the fear that there is no doubt whatever as to her husband?s fate. On the 3rd inst. He wrote:- ?Your letter has been sent on to me, and I will endeavour to give you what news I can concerning your husband. I am sorry to say that I think there is absolutely no doubt about his having given up his life for his country. I was in another part of the trench on the day, so I did not see him at all myself. However later I heard he had been killed, and Letts, who was lying by him at the time, gave me all the details he could. He feels quite certain himself, that you poor husband was killed practically instantaneously, and from what he tells me I should say unfortunately there is no doubt about it. ?I am sorry to convey this sad news to you, but I know from what you say that you would rather I tell you the plain facts. His death occurred at a very difficult part of the line. And no doubt that is why you had some difficulty in getting definite news. I should like to say how grieved we all are. You husband had made may friends in the regiment, and we had all at some time or other enjoyed his magnificent voice. ?I wish I could hold out some hope that he had not been killed, but I am sure of it. Sympathy is a very poor thing at such a time as this : it seems so useless. But we offer you our heartfelt sympathy in your great loss. He bravely, and almost certainly without pain, sacrificed his life for his country, and all honour is due to you are called upon to make an even greater sacrifice..? In another letter which has come into the hands of Mrs. Briggs written to a friend by Pte. Wren the latter states that Rifleman Briggs was killed in an attack on Sept.(unreadable) by shrapnel or machine gun fire. Unfortunately, circumstances did not permit of burying him at the time, but probably he had been buried since. Much consolation was brought by a letter which Mrs Briggs received from Messrs. Lever Bros. Ltd., Liverpool (Rifleman Briggs late employers) conveying their deep sympathy and adding that ?if ever a man was respected and appreciated by his old customers it was our friend Mr. Briggs.? Lincolnshire Chronicle, 18 November 1916, page 5 After some weeks of doubt as to the fate of Rifleman E. W. Briggs, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Briggs of Navenby, and son-in-law of the Mayor and Mayoress of Lincoln, official news has this week been received from the War Office of his death. Also during the week, Mrs Briggs, the deceased wife, has received a letter from Rifleman Wren, of the Queen?s Westminster Rifles (the regiment to which deceased belonged), in which he expresses the belief that Rifleman Briggs was killed instantaneously. It was stated in another letter that he was killed either by shrapnel or machine-gun fire. The deepest sympathy is felt for Mrs Briggs and the relatives of the deceased. Lincolnshire Chronicle, 25 November 1916, page 7

Researcher:C J Anderson

Notes:Commemorated 13 C, THIEPVAL MEMORIAL / Lincoln City WM / Lincoln Memory Book / Navenby St Peter / Navenby Wesleyan

Sources Used:Lincolnshire Chronicle, 28th October 1916, page 7 / Lincolnshire Chronicle, 18 November 1916, page 5 inc. photo/ Lincolnshire Chronicle, 25 November 1916, page 7

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