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Lost Diggers - Photo Exhibition

Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt  2616 Private Edward HIGGINS 11Bn and 51Bn and his mate at Vignacourt ca early 1918

11th Battalion Pingelly Boy in Thuillier Exhibition - WA Museum Perth until 30 August 9:00 till 5:00

2616 Private Edward HIGGINS, and an as yet unknown mate are just two of the young men who found their way to the Thuillier farm outside Vignacourt in the Somme battlefields of France during the 1914-1918 war, and had their photo taken (click image to zoom).

Pingelly boys Private Edward Higgins and his brother John Murray Higgins joined the 11th Battalion on the same day, 18 June 1915. Edward was allocated to the 8th reinforcements and John to the 7th reinforcements. Their younger brother Russel also joined up in 1918.

The two older Higgins boys were taken on strength for 11th Battalion but were transferred to the 51st Battalion when it was formed up shortly after the cessation of the Gallipoli campaign.

John Murray Higgins was killed in action on 10 June1917.

Edward Higgins was killed in action on Anzac day 1918 (24 April 1918) possibly not long after having his photo taken by the Thuilliers.

Russel did not leave Australia, due to the end of hostilities shortly after he joined.

We do not know the identity Edward Higgins' mate in the Thullier photo.

If you know who he is please let us know via email to: WAGS 11th Battalion Project

Click here for further details on: The lost diggers of Vignacourt exhibition at the WA Museum

Last Updated on Monday, 10 August 2015 14:42

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