Queen’s South Africa, bar Natal, 50395 Bombardier F. Higgens, R.G.A. Royal Garrison Artillery, a rare single bar for Natal.
Described upon his discharge as: “A painstaking and well calculated Non Commissioned Officer. An experienced Clerk, has been employed for several years in Army Schools.”
Frederick Higgens was born during 1865 in Sutton Valence, Maidstone, Kent, he enlisted aged 20 in the R.G.A. on 13th October 1885, he was promoted to Corporal by 1891 and Sergeant during 1895, until he was reduced for drunkenness on duty, to Corporal, only 4 months later being caught again for being drunk and reduced to bombardier.
As a soldier of 15 years he then entered the Boer War with the rank of Bombardier.
His foreign service:
Gibraltar 3rd March 1886 – 21st Nov 1886
Home 22nd Nov 1886 – 1st Oct 1891
Malta – 2nd Oct 1891 – 19th May 1895
Home 20th May 1895 – 2nd Feb 1900
South Africa 3rd Feb 1900 – 22nd July 1900
Home 23rd July 1900 – 19th November 1903
Bermuda: 20th November 1903 – 21st December 1906
Home 22nd December 1906 – 12th January 1907
Discharged in 1907 having completed 21 years 92 days service,