Henry William Charles Biggs

Date of birth: 1892
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 10651
Rank: Private
Regiment / Division: Hampshire
Battalion: 10th (Service) battalion
Died: 10 August 1915, aged 23 years
Commemorated: Helles Memorial, Turkey

Life before the War

Henry was the oldest of 4 siblings born to Alfred (Fred) and Sarah Eliza Biggs (nee Combes), who married in Southwark in 1890. Fred was born in Bitterne in 1869 and Sarah in the city in 1873; their date of death is unknown.

Siblings:

  1. Henry Charles William
  2. Daisy Violet   b. 1894 Rotherhithe   d. ??   Married Robert Makepiece in Southwark in 1912.
  3. Sarah Alice   b. 1896 Bitterne   d. 1975 Buckinghamshire
  4. Alfred James  b. 1901 Rotherhithe   d. ??

War Service

The 10th (Service) battalion was formed at Winchester in August 1914, as part of the K1 New Army. It moved immediately to Dublin and was attached to the 10th (Irish) Division. The 10th Hants was transferred to the 29th Brigade in the 10th (Irish) Division in March 1915, and they moved to Basingstoke in May.

The Brigade sailed from Liverpool on 7 July 1915, and landed at Anzac Cove on 6 August. Within a matter of days, the Brigade was involved in very heavy fighting with huge numbers of Turks at Sari Bair.

Not only did Henry lose his life during this engagement, but the Battalion lost the majority of its fighting strength during the short time it was on the Peninsula.

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 10/08/2015
Updated:

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