Birth date: 25 February 1891
Birth place: United Kingdom: England, Sussex
Death date: 20 July 1916
Death place: Western Front: Western Front (France), Nord Region, Fromelles
Final rank: Second Lieutenant
Service number: 63 - First World War, 1914-1918
  • 3rd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 55th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 14th Australian Machine Gun Company

Henry Francis Briggs was born at Brighton, England in 1891 and worked as a salesman before the outbreak of the First World War. He was 23 years old when he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 17 August 1914. He departed Sydney with the 3rd Battalion on 20 October 1914 aboard HMAT Euripides.

Briggs served with the 3rd Battalion in Gallipoli where he was promoted to sergeant on 18 May 1915. He fell ill in November 1915 and recuperated in Egypt until he re-joined his unit on 30 December 1915. Briggs was transferred to the 55th Battalion on 13 February 1916 but he didn't stay with this unit for long. He was transferred to the 14th Australian Machine Gun Company on 11 March 1916.

Briggs served with this unit on the Western Front until 20 July 1916. It was whilst fighting to occupy German trenches during the battle of Fromelles that he was reported missing and it was later confirmed that he had been killed in action on 14 September 1917. Henry Briggs is commemorated on the Villers-Brettoneux Memorial, France.

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Date of Death: 20 July 1916
  • Unit: 14th Australian Machine Gun Company

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 20 October 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files

  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Unit: 14th Australian Machine Gun Company

Collection Items

Private Record

Briggs, Henry Francis (Lieutenant, b.1891 - d.1916)

Collection relating to service of Lieutenant Henry Francis Briggs, 14 Machine Gun Company, Egypt, Gallipoli and France, 1915-1916. Collection includes extracts from letters sent home to family in England. Copies made 1928 by Australia House in London in response to request by Australian War... Maker: Briggs, Henry Francis

1DRL/0152 (With records)

Digitised Collection

Typewritten extracts of letters from Henry Francis Briggs to his Family, 1915-1916

Typewritten extracts of letters relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Henry Francis Briggs, 14th Machine Gun Company. The original letters were written by Henry Briggs to his family in England between 27 March 1915 and 12 July 1916. The extracts were made in 1928 by Australia...



Date of birth 1891-02-25
Date of embarkation 1914-10-20
Date of death 1916-07-20