1. Bobpike

    Bobpike Member

    I have been left the medals on my maternal uncle but very little information. His name was Arthur BRIGGS but I am sure he had another forename.

    He was born around about 1920 and resided In South West London

    He joined the army and rose to the rank of Battery Sergeant Major in the Royal Horse Artillery serving through WW2 with 8th Army was known as a DESERT RAT
    would be grateful for any information available so I can do his story justice.


    1939-45 STAR



    WAR MEDAL 1839-1945


  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    As we always suggest apply for his service records
    Get a copy of military service records

    Date of birth
    Death cert

    A long wait at the moment but worth it
    Other forum members might be able to add further
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  3. bofors

    bofors Senior Member


    Does the LSGC medal have his name, service number and regiment on the rim?
    That will help.
    There are some records online for artillery servicemen, but a service number is needed.
    As noted above, his service records are the best start, then you may be able to get someone to access the specific war diaries from that record.


  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    is this him
    June 1920
    Briggs Arthur W Starling Woolwich 1d 2560 [​IMG] [​IMG]
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  5. Bobpike

    Bobpike Member

    Many thanks. The medals are framed so it is difficult to see if there is anything on the rim and as it is well-framed I am loathe to take it apart yet, so hopefully someone will have more detail as I do not think he is Arthur W
  6. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Take your pick from Arthur Briggs born 1920 in England & Wales

    Arthur G Briggs Apr 1920 Apr-May-Jun Basford Nottinghamshire

    Arthur J Briggs Apr 1920 Apr-May-Jun Hampstead Greater London

    Arthur H Briggs Jul 1920 Jul-Aug-Sep Hammersmith Greater London

    Arthur E Briggs Oct 1920 Oct-Nov-Dec Spalding Lincolnshire

    Arthur Briggs Jan 1920 Jan-Feb-Mar Newcastle upon Tyne Northumberland

    Arthur Briggs Jan 1920 Jan-Feb-Mar Salford Greater Manchester

    Arthur S Briggs Oct 1920 Oct-Nov-Dec Dartford Kent

    Arthur S Briggs Jan 1920 Jan-Feb-Mar North Bierley Yorkshire West Riding

    Arthur W Briggs Apr 1920 Apr-May-Jun Woolwich London

    Arthur Briggs Jan 1920 Jan-Feb-Mar Haslingden Lancashire
  7. Bobpike

    Bobpike Member

    Thank you, sorry to be a pain it seems year of birth was 1915
  8. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    Get hold of his death certificate, it will have his full name, age or date of birth which you will need for his service records. Do you know when/where?
  9. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    ? Arthur Norton Briggs, dob 2/5/15, Wandsworth - Royal Artillery 838122, discharged 8/5/60.
  10. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    There are about 12 Arthur Briggs born in 1915 - England & Wales - need more info to narrow it down - any idea where he died, was he married hence whats wifes name etc etc
  11. Bobpike

    Bobpike Member

    Arthur Norton Briggs, dob 2/5/15, Wandsworth - Royal Artillery 838122, discharged 8/5/60.

    I am pretty sure this is him, as Norton is a family nam

    How do you think I should proceed now?
  12. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    As you are not 100% sure, first get his death certificate, that is essential, personally I would also get his birth certificate to confirm his full name, official documents are a must in any family history research anyway. When you apply for his service records (post #2) you do not need any military details, it states service number OR date of birth.

    Royal Artillery attestation for info - if he was a pensioner there must be some paperwork somewhere.

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  13. travers1940

    travers1940 Well-Known Member

    Looked for a tracer card for Arthur Norton Briggs not found, but there are a few close numbers:

    838115 Thomas KNIGHT joined 15.5.34, discharged to Class Z Reserve 1946, discharged from Reserve 1954 as overage.
    838120 Lawrence Arthur MARRIOTT attested Hull 22.5.34, transferred to Z Reserve 1946
    838124 William MOORE attested Sheffield 17.5.34, to Army Reserve 1937 mobilised in WW2
    838129 George Johnstone IRELAND joined 1938, discharged 1949.

    All look like regular soldiers as none of these cards mention the Territorial Army.
  14. travers1940

    travers1940 Well-Known Member

    Hope this helps to confirm the right Arthur Briggs

    Baptism at Holy Trinity, Clapham, Surrey 8th August 1915
    Arthur Norton BRIGGS, son of Edwin Bernard & Florence Kate BRIGGS of 96 Edgeley Road. Edwin is a draper.
    Child born 2nd May 1915
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  15. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915
    Name: Arthur N Briggs
    Registration Date: 1915
    Quarter of the Year: Apr-May-Jun
    Registration Place: Wandsworth, London, England
    Parishes for this Registration District: View Ecclesiastical Parishes associated with this Registration District
    Mother: Staines
    Volume: 1d
    Page: 1097

    England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
    Name: Arthur Norton Briggs
    Death Age: 83
    Birth Date: 2 May 1915
    Registration Date: May 1998
    Registration District: Hitchin and Stevenage
    Inferred County: Hertfordshire
    Register Number: 5A
    District and Subdistrict: 5341A
    Entry Number: 136
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  16. Bobpike

    Bobpike Member

    Some really helpful info thank yo. Definitelythe correct man as I can confirm his father (and my Grandad's names.

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