Charles Vivian Spriggs

First Name: 
Charles
Middle Name: 
Vivian
Last Name: 
Spriggs
Mother's Name: 
Eliza Alice Spriggs (nee Searle)
Father's Name: 
Thomas Spriggs
Date Enlisted: 
Monday, January 24, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Gunner
Rank at Discharge: 
Gunner
Unit: 
Field Artillery
Company: 
10th Brigade
Service: 
Artillery
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Tuesday, December 4, 1917
Place of Death: 
England
Cause of Death: 
Wounds incurred in battle
Details: 

Charles Spriggs (Service No 25643) was born in Wollongong, N.S.W. around 1896.  Charles attended Wollongong Public School, and went on to serve 4 years in the Citizen Military Force (CMF).

When Charles enlisted he was 20 years old, single, living at Keiraville near Wollongong, and employed as a miner.

Charles embarked on HMAT A67 Orsova on 29th July 1916 with the 4th Reinforcements, Divisional Ammunition Column 4.

He was promoted to Acting Coporal (without pay) on 26th October 1916.  Charles arrived in France as a Gunner with the 10th Field Artillary on 5th January 1917.  He served on the Western Front until 1st November 1917 when he was wounded in action, sustaining gun shot wounds to the head.  He was evacuated to King George Hospital in London for treatment.

Charles did not recover and at about 1:15 pm on 4th December 1917 he died from his wounds.  He was buried with full military honours in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey, England, Plot XI, Row E, Grave 2.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, SPRIGGS CHARLES VIVIAN

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