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Arthur Ridley Biggs - Wiltshire Regiment


Allan1

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I am researching the Biggs family and am trying to find out more about Arthur Ridley Biggs.

I know he was a Second Lieutenant in the Wiltshire Regiment and have rough details about when and where he died.

I also have his medal card.

 

What I am looking for now are things like his Service Number, date of enlistment etc.  Is this information available on line anywhere?

Many thanks

Allan

 

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5 minutes ago, Allan Warner-Clarkson said:

I am researching the Biggs family and am trying to find out more about Arthur Ridley Biggs.

I know he was a Second Lieutenant in the Wiltshire Regiment and have rough details about when and where he died.

I also have his medal card.

 

What I am looking for now are things like his Service Number, date of enlistment etc.  Is this information available on line anywhere?

Many thanks

Allan

 

A Lt wouldn't have a service number unless he'd started in the ranks.

 

I assume you are aware of this - https://www.flickr.com/photos/reading_connections/9261622150


Craig

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2 minutes ago, ss002d6252 said:

A Lt wouldn't have a service number unless he'd started in the ranks.

 

I assume you are aware of this - https://www.flickr.com/photos/reading_connections/9261622150


Craig

Yes got the picture, thanks.  Re the number, never realised that.  So if he had come from the ranks, he would retain his old number?

Also where would I find his enlistment?

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1 minute ago, Allan Warner-Clarkson said:

Yes got the picture, thanks.  Re the number, never realised that.  So if he had come from the ranks, he would retain his old number?

Also where would I find his enlistment?

No, the number would only apply for his service in the ranks (and would be dropped when commissioned, although records may well still note the number).
 

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/29031/supplement/250/data.pdf

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You may need to obtain his officers records from the National Archives for a fuller picture - that's not going to be possible any time soon.


Craig

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4 minutes ago, ss002d6252 said:

No, the number would only apply for his service in the ranks (and would be dropped when commissioned, although records may well still note the number).
 

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/29031/supplement/250/data.pdf

image.png

 

You may need to obtain his officers records from the National Archives for a fuller picture - that's not going to be possible any time soon.


Craig

Thanks Craig, very helpful.

One last thing, would you agree I can eliminate Arthur R Biggs Royal Engineers no 19238 as being the same man?  The Gazette says 'mine' came from OTC not the ranks.

 

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As a bit of lateral thinking (for once !)

 

His soldiers effects record should show any war gratuity he was entitled to an ex-ranker - there's no war gratuity showing so it looks like he had never served in the ranks before he undertook his officer training.


Craig

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3 minutes ago, Allan Warner-Clarkson said:

Thanks Craig, very helpful.

One last thing, would you agree I can eliminate Arthur R Biggs Royal Engineers no 19238 as being the same man?  The Gazette says 'mine' came from OTC not the ranks.

 

Also nothing on the Medal Index Card for #19238 to suggest he died or was commissioned.


Craig

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