BIGGS Lewis Tomkins
Regiment : 1st/6th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment
Service number : 265701
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action on 30th March 1917
Buried : Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, France, Pier and Face 5A and 5B.
Birthplace : Horfield, Bristol, enlisted Bristol
Memorial : Stourbridge War Memorial
Also appears on : Stourbridge St Thomas's Church.
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society. Birth registration and Cathedral Roll of Honour books researched by Sandra Taylor.
The birth of Louis Tomkins Biggs is registered in the December Quarter 1894 under the Barton R. Registration District.
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for army casualties located in Worcester Cathedral, name given as Louis Briggs.
Lewis Biggs came from Bristol but was living in Stourbridge by the time of the Great War. He enlisted in the Gloucesters and joined the 1/6th Battalion. In 1916 they were closely involved in the Battle of the Somme and had fought at Ovillers and the Transloy Ridges. They spent the winter months of 1917 in the same area and, when the German forces retired to the Hindenburg Line in March, they advanced through Peronne and over the Somme. They were ordered into the front line at Tincourt and suffered a few casualties from the retreating enemy. Private Lewis Biggs was one of these and was killed in action on the 30th March.
Lewis Biggs has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Thiepval Memorial.