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Higgins, Mervyn Bournes (1887–1916)

Mervyn Higgins, by H. F. Crowther-Smith, 1916

Mervyn Higgins, by H. F. Crowther-Smith, 1916

National Library of Australia, 7851207

General regret and deep sympathy for his father, Mr. Justice Higgins, will be felt on the death on active service of Captain Mervyn Bournes Higgins, of the 8th Australian Light Horse. Captain Higgins, who was the only child of Mr. Justice Higgins, was 28 years of age. Before enlisting as a private in the Australian Forces, early in 1915, he had entered upon the practice of his profession as a barrister, and was winning his way forward with every prospect of following in the footsteps of his father. After the outbreak of War, he enlisted as a private in the 8th Light Horse, but quickly won his way forward to commissioned rank, and at the time of his death was a captain in that force. He saw much active service in Gallipoli, where, amongst other fighting, he was one of those who went through the attack on Lonesome Pine. After the Gallipoli campaign, he returned with the Light Horse to Egypt, and was engaged in the brilliant work that has been done in pushing the Germans back from the Suez Canal.

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