HIGGS, William
(Service number 28876)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 30 March 1895 Place of Birth Albury

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Albury
Occupation Farming
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin William HIGGS (father), Albury, South Canterbury
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 18th Reinforcements, J Company
Date 11 October 1916
Transport Tofua
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Otago Infantry

Military Awards

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Military Awards

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No information

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
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Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 1 May 1969 Age 74 years
Place of Death Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery Salisbury Park Crematorium, Timaru
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William Higgs was the fifth son of William and Sarah Major (née Smith) Higgs, the first-born william having died in infancy. He was educated at Albury School. Private W. Higgs arrived at Port Chalmers per the “Tofua” in May 1919, the South Canterbury men reaching Timaru by special train on 29 May. There was a very large and enthusiastic crowd on the station platform to welcome the men when they arrived at 7.40 pm. Loud cheers erupted, which were “followed by the usual rush of overjoyed relatives and friends to unearth their respective soldier heroes.” The Mayor welcomed them back on behalf of the citizens of Timaru, assisted by members of the Timaru Soldiers’ Reception Committee and ladies of the Patriotic Society. “All ranks were very cheerful, and looked in the pink of condition, and were evidently pleased at their return home.” (Timaru Herald).


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [20 August 2019]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [20 August 2019]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [21 August 2019]; Salisbury Park Crematorium record [21 August 2019] Timaru Herald, 30 May 1919 (Papers Past) [12 August 2019]

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