|Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
First World War, 1914-1918
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Hand coloured studio portrait of 2420 Private (Pte) Charles Ernest Wigg, a labourer of Essendon, ...
Hand coloured studio portrait of 2420 Private (Pte) Charles Ernest Wigg, a labourer of Essendon, Vic, who enlisted on 12 September 1916. Pte Wigg embarked with the 4th Reinforcements to the 38th Battalion on board HMAT Port Lincoln (A17) sailing from Melbourne on 20 October 1916, and after transferring to the troopship Willochra at Sierra Leone, arrived in England on 29 December 1916, After training in the 10th Training Battalion at Larkhill Pte Wigg arrived in France on 29 March 1917 and joined the 38th Battalion on 2 April 1917. On 13 October 1917 Pte Wigg was posted as missing in action during the attack on Passchendaele, during the Third Battle of Ypres, and on 15 February 1918 he was finally reported as killed in action and that he had been buried in the field. Pte Wigg has no known grave and his name is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres in Belgium.