Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.
Thomas Higgins was born in Bridgnorth, the son of Thomas, a carpet shearer, and Elizabeth his wife. The family lived on River Side and, later, on the Cartway. At the time of the 1911 census, Thomas was staying with his grandparents in Uffington. Thomas was the younger brother of Walter Henry Higgins who died in 1918.
Thomas served with the 6th Battalion, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. He was killed in action on the 18th August, 1917 when his battalion was involved in the Battle of Langemarck (part of the Third Battle of Ypres). He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.
Private Higgins, 200920, was awarded the Victory and British Medals. His death was reported in the Bridgnorth Journal on 8th September, 1917.
BRIDGNORTH MAN KILLED IN ACTION [Bridgnorth Journal, 8th September, 1917] Mr Higgins, of 77, Cartway, has received official notice that his son, 200920 Pte. Thomas Higgins, K.S.L.I., was killed in action on the 18th August. He was in the 2/4 K.S.L.I., but appears to have been serving with the 6th K.S.L.I. when he was killed.
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