BIGGS, William Edward
(Service number 77018)

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Date 11 July 1887 Place of Birth Springfield

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Tycho Flat, Timaru
Occupation Shepherd
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mr A. BIGGS (father), Tycho Flat, Timaru
Religion Church of England
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Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
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Date 24 June 1960 Age 72 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 56, Plot 1181
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William Edward Biggs was the son of Abraham and Isabella (née Guy) Biggs, and a brother of Frank James Biggs who also enlisted. William was educated initially at Annat School, then at Fairview School after the family moved there in 1898. William married Jacobina Magdelena Hullen (a sister of Ann) on 4 February 1920 at her mother's home at Waitohi. His brother Frank was one of the witnesses.


NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [13 January 2017]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [15 January 2017]

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