Only son of Francis Briggs, of Huntington, Haddington, East Lothian.
Modern II —Upper Modern I. House Prefect. Shooting VIII; House XI Football; Ledbury Cap.
Went to Clare College, Cambridge in 1896.
Royal Scots Fusiliers 1899; Captain 1905; South African War 1899-1902, taking part in the relief of Ladysmith and the battle of Colenso; Queen's Medal with 4 Clasps, King's Medal with 2 Clasps.
1st Bn. Royal Scots Fusiliers. Mentioned in Despatches.
'He was first reported as missing, but subsequently as having been killed in action; he was mentioned in the despatches of Sir John French of Oct. 19th.
One who knew him well writes: "He wrote to me pretty regularly for several years. His letters were always delightfully natural and fresh, and he was never disheartened by any contretemps; indeed the cheery way in which he took disappointments or reverses always struck me, and was one of his attractive features. He was so keen and full of life and vigour—absolutely free of "side", plucky and true as steel.' (Malvernian, Nov 1914)
Book: Alumni Cantabrigienses: A Biographical List of All Known Students …, Volume 2