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James Briggs was the son of Isaac and Harriet Briggs; husband of Rebecca Sagar (formerly Briggs), of 5 Marchand Street, Preston.

James enlisted for four years service in the Territorial Force on 4th September 1914. He was embodied the same day, given the service number 2225 and posted into the 4th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

At his enlistment medical the Officer noted that James was 30 years old and stood 5ft 3.75in tall.

On 4th May 1915 Private James Briggs and the men of 1/4th Battalion sailed from Southampton to France.

In early May 1916 he was admitted to hospital suffering from bronchitis, pneumonia and scabies. He spent the majority of May and June 1916 being treated before returning to his Battalion.

On 13th August 1916 James became attached to the 1st Battalion, probably in an attempt to strengthen their numbers since the beginning of the Battle of the Somme.

Five days later, after an action near High Wood with 1st Battalion, James was reported to be missing. It was later confirmed that he had been killed.

18th August 1916: Near High Wood (Mametz)

In conjunction with troops on our flanks, the Bde attacked the German trenches just west of High Wood. Casualties; Captain M. A. Cross and Captain D. O. H. Tripp killed. Lieutenant Nichol,  Second Lieutenants Ware, Stephenson, Harrison, Heaton and Bulling wounded. Killed  30 Other Ranks, Wounded 110 Other Ranks, Missing 50 Other Ranks (approximate).

-1st Battalion War Diary

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James Briggs’ body was never recovered, his name being remembered with honour on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing.

His wife Rebecca received a some of his personal effects which included an identity disc, a case containing five postcards and a metal mirror. She later took receipt of her late husband’s medals, the memorial plaque and the memorial scroll.

Rebecca was awarded a widows pension of 25/- a week for herself and their four children.

Rank: Private
Service No: 2225
Date of Death: 18/08/1916
Age: 32
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st/4th Bn.
Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

The orders given for the attack on 18th August 1916 – 1st Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment;

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