14th October 1893 - 5th November 1916 (age 23)
Rifleman, Lance Corporal C/1029
6th Bn. King's Royal Rifle Corps
John and Annie Briggs brought up ten children in a house of four rooms in Back Lane, Sowerby - next door to the Bell family (see Herbert Bell, died 20th July 1916). John Briggs was a labourer at the iron works, and his third son Arthur, worked as a boot riveter.
Arthur enlisted into the Church Lads Brigade battalion of the King's Royal Rifle Corps going to France on 16th November 1915. The battalion was involved in a number of engagements in the Somme including an attack at High Wood on 15th July 1916 and a later attack on a German trench called Tea Trench on 24th August when they achieved all objectives but with the loss of 124 other ranks. The Battle of the Somme ground to a halt in a sea of mud in early November after four months of bitter struggle. A week before it ended, the battalion was on the Ancre Heights and delivered a successful attack on Hazy Trench with the loss of 163 other ranks and this included Arthur.
Arthur has no known grave and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial panels 13A & 13B.
The Somme Memorial at Thiepval where Arthur Briggs is remembered.
The information on this page was compiled by Steve Billings.
Information about Arthur Briggs on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Information about Arthur Briggs on the War Graves Photographic Project website
Part of the St Oswald's Church website