Francis Thomas Briggs
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1946 photo courtesy Briggs family
|Date of Birth||28 Jun 1924|
|Place of Birth||Byford, Western Australia|
|Death||8 Sep 2011, aged 87|
|Place of Death||Mandurah< Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||17 years, 10 months|
|Address||Byford, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Father , Mr. Robert Hanham Briggs|
|Reg Number||W69551 & 83706|
|Date of Enlistment||26 Apr 1942 & 4 Sep 1943|
|Rank||Private & Leading Aircraftsman|
|Unit/Formation||5th Australian Garrison Battalion & No. 481 Squadron RAAF|
|Post War Details|
Francis Thomas Briggs was born on 28 June 1925 according to the Briggs family tree - a date that does not match his date of birth given at enlistment, which was 28 Jun 1924. Frank was the son of Robert Hanham Briggs (sometimes known as Anham Briggs) and Vera Victoria Elizabeth Briggs (nee White). Frank had seven siblings. The Briggs family were farmers at Byford and had previously farmed at Jandakot.
On 26 Apr 1942 Francis enlisted in the 3rd (Swan) VDC Battalion, but on 17 Dec 1942 he was struck off strength for non attendance at parades.
enlist with the RAAF on 4 Sep 1943 Discharged from the RAAF on 24 May 1946.
On 19 Apr 1951 Frank married Kathleen Teresa Reid in the local area. On 3 Dec 1977 he remarried this time to Dawn Ruth Johns.
Electoral Roll entries: 1949 at Sussex Farm, Byford, farmhand; 1954 - 1963 at Thomas street, Armadale, brickyard hand; 1968 at Jull street, Armadale, brickyard hand; 1977 - 1980 at Lot 766 Yeedong road, Falcon