Alfred Edward H.H. Briscoe
† Briscoe, Private Alfred Edward Henry Harrison no. 1146.
17th Battalion D Company.
Tower Street, East Hills.
Born 1886 at Louth, Cobar, son of Henry Harrison & Elizabeth Briscoe.
Lived at Bankstown and Canterbury.
Educated at Public School.
Labourer in the Metropolitan Water and Sewerage Board.
Enlisted at Bankstown 30/l/1915, aged 28.
Church of England.
Next of kin, mother, Mrs Briscoe, Tower Street, East Hills.
Died 24/12/1915, aged 29, of Malaria contracted at Gallipoli.
Buried in Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, grave D233.
AWM File IDRL428 Letters re Australian servicemen to the British Red Cross: AIF Headquarters report: Discharged to duty at Suez from 1st A.C.D. 11/12/1915 Received a letter from him dated 20/12/1915 from Suez Convalescent Camp Died of Malaria at Heliopolis 24/12/1915.
Private J.A.C. Kenny no. 1222 17th Battalion D Company, 4th AGH, Randwick, 29/2/1916: I was in the same hospital at Suez. Briscoe had been long ill with malarial fever contracted at Gallipoli. I knew him well, I was a mate of his in the same Company. Briscoe was a sniper and a good shot. He seemed to be getting very well, but had a relapse and died two days later.
Private J. McGowan, 4th AGH, Randwick. 14/3/1916: I was in the 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, with Briscoe at the time of his death. He was ill with pneumonia. He was convalescent up to about the 22nd December, when pneumonia set in, and he died on Christmas Eve. The first illness was enteric fever.
3rd Ech. GHQ, MEF Malta and Sydney. Cairo 27/3/1916: Briscoe was admitted to No. 3 ACD on December 24th 1915 at 4 pm, and, after having tea, complained of pains in his chest. Sister Ritchie, who attended him, did all she could to make him more comfortable, but he became unconscious shortly after and died of heart failure at 9.10 the same night. Sister Ritchie has since seen some of the men who shared his tent, who said he had often had attacks of the kind before, but that he would not give in to them. He was buried at the New Protestant Cemetery, Old Cairo, grave no. D233. Officiating clergyman Rev. F.A. Burridge.
Frederick Warren, a cousin, received a DCM in the field. Information from eldest sister, Elizabeth Morrison, Leonard Street, Bankstown.
Died on Active Service 24/12/1915 aged 29 years.
Memorial, St Saviour’s Cemetery.
Tele/Mirror list 11/11/1993 Briscoe, Alfred E. East Hills Bankstown died 24/12/1915.
Anzac Memorial Died of Illness.
Australian War Memorial record available at: https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1894369/ [accessed 05/08/2016]
The primary source of the information on this page is copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from the Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.
An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 individuals recorded in the book - the list is titled Canterbury's Boys List. Each name in the list is linked to an editable biographical file created by copying the biography copied from the book. These editable biographies have been created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to add information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.
Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002