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Surname BRIGGS
Given Name(s) or Initial(s) John Edward
Regimental Number 654
Unit Name 6th Queensland Imperial Bushmen
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(from Sources as shown)

Murray: Charles, Details per 'Britannic' (all but one of the Details had served in 3rd or 4th Qld. Contingents).
URL1: ?WW1 1807 Private 42nd Bn. AIF died of wounds 30.09.1918.
URL2: labourer from Taroom Qld.
Smith2: 3QMI & Doyle's Scouts/5QMI, King's South Africa Medal and 2 clasps.
URL3: WW1 AIF 1807 2/42Inf.Bn. a labourer aged 21 in 1916 born in Taroom Qld., no previous service shown.
Roe: WW1 AIF 1807 is too young for Boer War.
URL4: WW1 AIF 123 15Bn. Charles (true name John Edward) BRIGGS a cook aged 34 in 1914 born in Stanthorpe Qld. next of kin sister in Tarunga, 3rd QIB and Doyle's Scouts, killed in action 15.9.1918, widow certified he enlisted and served in South Africa Charles BRIGGS.
Source References
Murray: Official Records of the Australian Contingents etc. page(s) 519
B2455: National Archives of Australia series B2455
Bne. Courier: Brisbane Courier newspaper date(s) 16.5.1902
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Apology: For some time now it has been difficult to keep up with the newly available sources (especially the Trove newspaper site) plus the flow of contributions and queries. So I have been forced to prioritise maintenance and data entry over replying to correspondence. Nevertheless, your contributions are being added to the database and acknowledged on the contributions page and, although my replies are many months behind, I will attempt to get to them more often.
Colin Roe

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