24113, 7th Bn., King’s Light Shropshire Infantry
|Sue Robinson writes about her uncle.|
John William Higgins was my Uncle Jack. He was born on the 3rd of March 1897 at Tilley, Wem; the first son of Thomas and Alice Higgins, he worked as a farm labourer at Lee Brockhurst, before joining the KLSI with his younger brother, Tom. Their family home was the Moathouse Cottage at Aston, near Wem. Jack and Tom fought in France, and sadly, at the age of 20, Jack was killed on the 9th April 1917. This was during the attack on the Bois-des-Boeufs, near Tilloy, on the first day of the Battle of the Scarpe on Easter Monday. He was buried at Tilloy British Cemetery, Tilloy-Les-Mofflaines. His medal card shows the awards of British War and Victory medals, reflecting overseas service “in a theatre of war” after the 1st of January 1916. Jack’s name appears on the war memorials of both Wem and Morton Corbett. I believe this was because his home was part of the Corbett Estate and was in the parish of Morton Corbett. Jack’s brother Tom, came home and married Emily Wilde, they lived in Market Drayton, and went on to have two sons, Bertram and Ronald. Tom died on the 29th of April 1966.