Rank: Private 8126
Regiment: 2nd Bn., Devonshire Regiment
Died: died 27 November 1914
Colaton Raleigh Memorial Plaque
Other Memorial: Aubers Ridge British Cemetery [Google]
PDF Download: RIGGS Herbert George
Herbert was the son of John Gibson Riggs and Louisa Riggs, of Pikes Cottage, Colaton Raleigh, and was born around 1886.
Private 8126 Herbert George Riggs served with the 2nd Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment which, at the beginning of the war was in Egypt. On 6 November 1914 they landed at Le Havre as part of the 23rd Brigade, 8th Division.
Private Riggs died of his wounds on 27 November 1914, aged 28. He is remembered with honour on the Colaton Raleigh memorial plaque and at the Aubers Ridge British Cemetery, where he is buried.
The cemetery was built after the war finished, incorporating graves from nearby. It is possible Private Riggs was initially buried at the Winchester Post Military Cemetery, set up by the 2nd Devons in November 1914 near a farm building known to British troops as Winchester Post, which was used as a dressing station, as well as battalion headquarters.
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