Sergeant Jasper Briggs

Sergeant Jasper Briggs, 11th ( Service ) Battalion, Royal Scots. He died in Belgium on 12th March 1916 aged 29 and is buried in Rifle House Cemetery, near Ploegsteert, Hainault, Belgium where his Headstone is inscribed ” Ever Fondly Remembered “. He had been born in Edgerston to Matthew and Elizabeth Briggs of Edgerston and was the husband of Margaret Briggs of 47 North Street, Bishopmill, Elgin. Before enlisting in December 1914 he had been employed as a gamekeeper at Lamberton Toll, Mordington, Berwickshire. He had been promoted to Sergeant in December 1915. At the time the Battalion occupied trenches in the Ploegsteert Wood sector of the Ypres Salient. ( There had been a trench raid on the 11th March which cost three men one of which may have been Sgt. Briggs. ). The photographs show Ploegsteert Wood in early1916.

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