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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs



Born 21 September 1898 [412] in Rastrick, Yorkshire, England [2]
Son of Charles Benjamin BRIGGS and Clara BOOTH [P412]
     In 1901 he was living with his mother and her parents at 38 Hull Road in Blackpool, Lancashire, England [20]
     His mother departed London, England on the steamship Armadale on 12 November 1910 bound for Western Australia [203]
     In 1911 he was living with his grandparents and aunt Sarah A. BOOTH at 15 Leicester Street in Southport, Lancashire, England [20]
     His mother married George Charles SMITH in 1911 and lived in Gunyidi, Western Australia 1911-1913 [19] [50] [66]
     At the age of 13 departed Liverpool, England on the steamship Belgic on 27 April 1912 bound for Western Australia [203]
     Arrived on the Belgic in Fremantle, Western Australia on 11 June 1912 [23] and later worked as a Motor Driver [30: item 3122745]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Perth on 13 August 1917 [30: item 3122745]
     He had four years' experience from being in cadets and had previously been rejected for service for having flat feet [30]
     Upon enlistment he was 5 feet 8½ inches tall, weighed 140 pounds and had blue eyes, dark brown hair and a fresh complexion [30]
     After initial training he was appointed at Blackboy Hill on 26 September 1917 to the Australian Army Service Corps [30]
     Embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A60 Aeneas on 30 October 1917 [30]
     Disembarked in Devonport, England on 27 December 1917 and served in England until proceeding to France in May 1918 [30]
     Driver 15205 in the Australian Imperial Force's 1st Mechanical Transport Company in France during the First World War [30]
     Embarked on the his return to Australia on the H. T. Plassy and disembarked in Fremantle, Western Australia 17 October 1919 [30]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 17 November 1919; received the British War Medal and Victory Medal [30]
After a very brief time in Western Australia he returned to England with the intention of living there [204]
     Departed Fremantle, Western Australia on the steamship Osterley and arrived in London, England on 5 January 1920 [204]
     In 1921 he was living at 236 Castle Hill in Rastrick, Yorkshire, England and working as a Motor Mechanic [249]
     Married Ivy May JAGGER on 18 June 1921 at Saint Matthew's Church in Rastrick, Yorkshire, England [249]
     Ivy was a foster child of his uncle Thomas and aunt Sarah BOOTH and they'd known each other well as children [P412]
     His mother had travelled to England in March 1921 [204] and was one of the witnesses at their wedding [249]
     Along with his wife and mother departed London, England on the steamship Ormonde on 20 August 1921 [203]
     Their last address before leaving was 26 Wyre Grove in Blackpool, Lancashire, England [203]
     They arrived on the steamship Ormonde in Fremantle, Western Australia on 22 September 1921 [63]
By 1922 he had moved to South Australia with his wife, where he worked mostly on the railways [P412]
     In South Australia they spent time in Port Augusta and Oodnadatta [P412] and in 1924 were living in Upper Sturt [30: item 3122745]
     Chauffeur for prominent barrister and politician Sir Josiah H. SYMON, and lived on his property Manoah in Upper Sturt [P412]
     By 1936 they'd returned to Western Australia, were living at 32 Eton Street in North Perth, and he was a Railway Employee [50]
     Railway Ganger in Jarrahdale in 1937 [50]
     Railway Repairer in Gunyidi in 1939 [50]
     During their sojourn in Gunyidi they lived in tents and their daughter Daisy caught a bus to the Gunyidi State School [P412]
     In 1943 was living at 17 Battle Street in the Perth suburb of Mosman Park and working as a Range Assistant [50]
     Labourer at 53-Mile Siding at Lakewood near Kalgoorlie in 1949 [50]
     Railway Repairer in Coolgardie in 1954 [50]
Father of Arthur and Daisy [P412]
Died 21 August 1956 in Bullabulling, Western Australia; buried Kalgoorlie Cemetery in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia [P412]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Frank Briggs' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 June 2024 from [reference list]

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