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Stapleford Nottinghamshire
Harold Joseph Briggs was born in 1895 in Stapleford he was the son of William an auctioneer and Eliza Briggs née Easom, 15 Victoria Road, Stapleford, Nottingham. Both his father William was and mother Eliza Easom were born in 1862 in Ilkeston, they were married in 1884 their marriage was recorded in the Basford Registration district, they went on to have three child all born in Stapleford, they were Florence b1887, William David b1890 and Harold Joseph b1895. His mother died before the 1911 census. His father went on to remarry Elizabeth Winrow in 1912, their marriage is recorded in the Basford Registration area. In the 1911 census the family are living at 15 Victoria Street Stapleford and are shown as William 49 yrs a widow , head of the family an auctioneer, he is living with his children Florence 24 yrs a school teacher and Harold Joseph 16 yrs a pupil auctioneer , also living with the family is a domestic servant Maggie Derbyshire 19 yrs. His probate (with will) was proved in London on 25th May 1917 and shows him as Harold Joseph Briggs of Victoria Street, Stapleford, Nottingham , acting sergeant 13th battalion Rifle Brigade died 10th July 1916 in France on active service , his effects of £202 were left to his father William Briggs auctioneer .
In 1911 he was a pupil to an auctioneer (his father).
10 Jul 1916
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Lance Sergeant
13th Bn The Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own)
Lance Sergeant Harold Joseph Briggs enlisted on 5th June 1915 in Ilkeston, he was 20 yrs and 7 months old, he was living at 15 Victoria Street, Stapleford and was an auctioneers clerk , his next of kin was his father William of the same address. He arrived at Winchester camp on 7th June 1915. He was promoted to Corporal on 15th September 1916. He landed in France on 12th December 1915 and joined his battalion on 7th January 1916. He was promoted to acting Sergeant on 11th June 1916. He was killed in action on 10th July 1916 and has no known grave, his name is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.
His brother David Briggs also served during the Great War as Coproral in the Australian Infantry, he was killed in action on 25th April 1918 and is buried in Hangard Communal Cemetery Extension. Obituary published 18th May 1918 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “BRIGGS. – Killed in action, April 25th, 1918, Corpl. David Briggs, Australian Infantry, aged 27, son of William Briggs, auctioneer, Stapleford, Notts. Also in loving memory of Harold J. Briggs, only brother of the above, killed in action 1916. Both dearly loved and greatly missed. Above obituary is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918 . Additional Research by David Nunn and more reseach by Peter Gillings
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