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BiggsHenry VeroCaptainBIGGS, HENRY VERO, Captain, was born at Belgaum 9 May 1860, third son of Colonel Thomas Biggs, RA (previously of the Bombay Artillery, who died in 1905), and Mary, daughter of  Reverend W Beynon.  He was educated first at a private school at Clifton, and passed into the RMA, Woolwich, 1877; joined the RE 30 July 1879; embarked for India, 1882, and was posted to the Bombay S and M; spent nearly three years on the Afghan Frontier (including the 1884 Zhob Expedition); served in the third Burmese War, 1885-87 (Medal with clasp); joined the Military Works from the S and M, 1887.  He became Captain, 1889; Adjutant, RE, Tirah Expeditionary Force, 1897-98; operations on the NW Frontier, 1897; operations in the Kurram and on the Samana, the Chagru Kotal, capture of the Sampagha Pass and operations in the Khyber.  He was mentioned in Despatches, received the Medal with three clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 20 May 1898]: "Henry Vero Biggs, Captain, Royal Engineers.  In recognition of services on the North-West Frontier of India".  He became Major, 1898; Lieutenant Colonel, 1905; officiated AAG, RE, India, 1906; Brevet Colonel, 1908; commanded RE, 5th (Mhow) Division, 1906-7, 6th (Poona) and 2nd (Rawalpindi) Division, 1909-12; became Colonel 27 May 1912; retired, Military Works, India (Royal Engineers), 29 November 1912; re-employed on account of war, 1914 (Despatches [London Gazette, 24 February 1917]).  Colonel Bigg's favourite recreations were fishing and shooting, especially the big game of India.  He married, October 1887, at Kasauli, India, Frances Kate, eldest daughter of  Colonel C H Ewart, BSC, and they have one son, Henry Ewart Biggs (born 28 June 1893, at Secunderabad, India).
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
Royal Engineers
BiggsHorton37952TrooperServed 30 Aug 01 to 15 Mar 02. Discharged, completion of service
Source: Nominal roll in WO127
Canadian Scouts
BiggsHorton9180TrooperSource: Nominal roll in WO127SAMIF
BiggsHorton1534Attested: Feb 1898. Source: CMP3Cape Police
BiggsHortonSource: Attestation paper in WO126Canadian Scouts
BiggsI3rd Battalion
Source: QSA and KSA medal rolls
West India Regiment
BiggsJSource: QSA and KSA medal rollsTranskei Mounted Rifles
BiggsJSource: WO100/252Imperial Military Railways
BiggsJ3992PrivateWounded. Slingersfontein, 15 January 1900
1st Battalion.
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
(Princess of Wales's Own) Yorkshire Regiment
BiggsJ4357PrivateWounded. Winburg, 21 May 1900
2nd Battalion.
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
Worcestershire Regiment
BiggsJ1st Battalion
Source: Medal rolls
Royal Munster Fusiliers
BiggsJ2995PrivateQSA (3). Invalided to England. Discharged, Medically unfit.
Source: QSA medal rolls
9th (The Queen's Royal) Lancers
BiggsJ A C2nd Battalion. Attached Burma Mounted Infantry
Source: QSA and KSA medal rolls
(Duke of Wellington's) West Riding Regiment
BiggsJ ESource: WO100/281Jansenville DMT
BiggsJ HSource: WO100/281Jansenville DMT
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