SerjeantRIGGS, FREDERICK CHARLES

Service Number 20695

Died 01/10/1918

Aged 29

6th Bn.
York and Lancaster Regiment

V C, M M

Adopted Son of Elizabeth Burgum, of 39, Capstone Rd., Bournemouth.

Citation

An extract form "The London Gazette," dated 3rd Jan., 1919, records the following

"For most conspicuous bravery and self-sacrifice on the morning of 1st Oct., 1918, near Epinoy, when, having led his platoon through strong uncut wire under severe fire, he continued straight on, and although losing heavily from flanking fire, succeeded in reaching his objective, where he rushed and captured a machine gun. He later handled two captured guns with great effect, and caused the surrender of fifty enemy. Subsequently, when the enemy again advanced in force, Serjt. Riggs cheerfully encouraged his men to resist, and whilst exhorting his men to fight on to the last, this very gallant soldier was killed."

Commemorated at VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL

Location: Pas de Calais, France
Number of casualties: 9845

Cemetery/memorial reference: Panel 9.

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Memorial details

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This collection of documents was assembled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its predecessors as part of the processes involved in the commemoration of individuals. As a result, they contain many corrections and alterations which reflect their use as working documents. For further information concerning the history of the collection, please see our About Our Records page.
Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.