Albert William Thomas Biggin

Memorial: Filton - Community Centre

Regiment: Grenadier Guards

Medals: 1914–15 Star, British War Medal, Next of Kin Memorial Plaque 1914 - 1921, Silver War Badge, Victory Medal

Rank and number: Guardsman 16019

Parents: Mary Jane and Thomas Biggin

Home address: Filton, Bristol

Pre-war occupation: Farm Worker

Date of birth: 28/12/1894

Place of birth: Pylle, Somerset

Date of death: 14/09/1916

Buried/Commemorated at: No known burial site. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Somme France and on St Peter’s Church Memorial Filton

Age: 21

Further information:

Albert's battalion (2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards), mobilised to France in August 1914 and fought in various actions on the Western Front including the Battle and pursuit of the German Retreat from Mons, the Battles of Ypres and the Battle of Loos. Albert was killed in action on the eve of the Battle of Flers–Courcelette (15 Sep 1916 – 22 Sep 1916) one of the battles of the Somme. The battle was the very first time in history that tanks had been used in action and the result was a British victory but at a cost to the allies of 29,000 casualties. Albert's body was never found and the Thiepval Memorial where he is remembered, bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and who have no known grave.

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This information has been provided by Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
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