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John Dennis Riggs

Surname: Riggs
Other names: John Dennis
Other people in this story:
John Riggs
Fannie Riggs nee Raymond
Cecil Herbert Riggs
Alice Rachel Riggs née Andrews
Alice E. M. Riggs
Locations in this story:
Farnham, Dorset
Gallipoli, Turkey
Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Tollard Royal, Wiltshire
Hillside, Manswood, Wimborne
Berwick St. John, Wiltshire
Melbury Abbas, Dorset
Church of St. Peter and Vincula, Tollard Royal
St. John the Baptist Church, Berwick St. John, Wiltshire

John Dennis Riggs was born in 1888 in Farnham, Dorset, and baptised there on 20th January, 1889. He was the son of John Riggs, a Gardener, and Fannie Riggs (nee Raymond). His siblings included Cecil Herbert, born in 1893, who also died in the war. John married Alice Rachel Andrews at Witchampton, Dorset, on 26th December, 1911. They had a daughter, Alice E.M. Riggs, born in 1914 plus one other as yet unidentified daughter. The 1911 Census shows that he was working as a Farm Labourer and living at Tollard Royal, Wiltshire. He enlisted as a Private in the Dorset Yeomanry (The Queen's Own) (Service No. 1180). He served at Gallipoli and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died on 21st August 1915 and his name appears on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey (Panel 17 and 18). John's widow Alice was at this time living with their two daughters at Hillside, Manswood, Wimborne. He is remembered on the Melbury Abbas War Memorial and 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.    

  • St. John the Baptist Church, Berwick St. John 01
  • Berwick St John War Memorial 02
  • Tollard Royal War Memorial
  • Melbury Abbas War Memorial

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