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85/1286-1145 Photographic negative, studio portrait of John Francis Kiggins, World War One, Gunner, 11 Field Artillery Brigade (3rd Reinforcements), glass / silver / gelatin, The Warren, Sydney, New South Wales, March-April 1916. Click to enlarge.

JF Kiggins, World War One Driver

    This World War One photographic portrait is one of a set of 404 glass plate negatives. They were all taken in New South Wales and the sitters were photographed at a similar time and place in Sydney. Many of the men in these photographs appear to have served with the artillery brigades stationed at 'The Warren' in Marrickville, Sydney.

    The Australian artillery connection and the fact many have names of the sitters etched onto the glass plate means that collectively they are highly significant records of Australian involvement in the World War One.

    Geoff Barker, Curatorial, March 2013

    Summary

    Object No.

    85/1286-1145

    Object Statement

    Photographic negative, studio portrait of John Francis Kiggins, World War One, Gunner, 11 Field Artillery Brigade (3rd Reinforcements), glass / silver / gelatin, The Warren, Sydney, New South Wales, March-April 1916

    Physical Description

    Portrait of a soldier in a great coat.

    Marks

    Badly faded caption

    Dimensions

    Height

    163 mm

    Width

    120 mm

    Production

    Notes

    This glass plate was taken by a commercial photographic studio using a medium format camera. It is coated in a silver gelatin emulsion and has the name of the sitter (J.F. Kiggins) attached to the negative.

    History

    Notes

    John Francs Kiggins served as a Driver for 11FAB (3rd Reinforcements). He embarked Sydney on the HMAT Bordia on 5 June 1916. Before enlistment Kiggins was a 19 year old publisher from Newtown, NSW.

    Whilst serving with 8FAB, Kiggins was wounded by a gas attack on 27 April 1918.

    Having survived many months of conflict on the Western Front, Kiggins died on 14 January 1919 of pneumonia whilst hospitalised at the 14th Casualty Clearing Station. He is buried in Hautmont Communal Cemetery, France. His elder brother Edward Leo Kiggins also served in the 11FAB and managed to survive the war.

    Cite this Object

    Harvard

    JF Kiggins, World War One Driver 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 22 January 2021, <https://ma.as/460049>

    Wikipedia

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