Berwick St John War Memorial

Cecil Herbert Riggs

Surname: Riggs
Other names: Cecil Herbert
Other people in this story:
John Riggs
Fanny Riggs nee Raymond
John Dennis Riggs
Locations in this story:
Farnham, Dorset
Battle of Jutland
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Gosport, Hampshire
Tollard Royal, Wiltshire
Tinkley Cottages, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire
Berwick St. John, Wiltshire
Church of St. Peter and Vincula , Tollard Royal, Wiltshire
St. John the Baptist Church, Berwick St. John, Wiltshire

Story:
Cecil Herbert Riggs was born in 1893 in Farnham, Dorset. (NB Second name shown as 'Herb' on GRO Index but 'Herbert' used generally afterwards.) He was the son of John Riggs, a Gardener, and Fanny Riggs (nee Raymond). His siblings included John Dennis, born in 1888, who also died in the war. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a Farm Labourer and living with his brother, John Dennis Riggs, in Tollard Royal, Wiltshire. His parents lived at 25 Tinkley Cottages, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire. In 1913 he enlisted on 8th October, 1913, and joined the Royal Navy (Service No. K.20795 (PO)). He commenced his service at HMS Victory Training Unit and later was posted to HMS Albermarle where he qualified as a Stoker 1st Class. He was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died when his ship, by then HMS Queen Mary, was sunk at the Battle of Jutland on 31st May 1916 and his name appears on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Gosport, Hampshire (Panel 19). He is remembered on the memorial plaque inside the church at Berwick St. John, Wiltshire.

He is also remembered in Tollard Royal, on the War Memorial and on the Roll of Honour inside the Church of St. Peter and Vincula in the village.

Images:
  • St. John the Baptist Church, Berwick St. John 01
  • Berwick St. John War Memorial
  • Tollard Royal War Memorial

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives