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13023 Private Peter Higgins

7th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers

died of wounds 5th June 1916

aged 29

Kilbarchan Cemetery
St Fillan's Church Memorial Window
Kilbarchan Cemetery

Son of Peter Higgins and Helen Murray
Cameron Place, Bridge of Weir

His Life

Brothers Peter and John Higgins were both killed in World War I. Peter was born on 16th April 1886, the first of a family of seven born to Peter Higgins from Ireland, and Ellen Murray, a printfield worker from Bridge of Weir who formalised their marriage in Houston, Renfrewshire on 16th July 1886.

In 1891 Peter (27) and Ellen (29) with their first two children, Peter (4) and Agnes, were living at Young's Land, Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire. Peter was a mason's labourer. An aunt, Ellen Dogherty (56), a washerwoman from Kilbarchan, was living with them on the night of the census.

In 1901, the family, now of eight, was living in a two roomed flat in Cameron Place, Bridge of Weir. Peter senior was by then a jobbing gardener and Peter junior (14) was a labourer in a tanning works.

In 1911 the family was still in Cameron Place and Peter senior was then a currier's labourer. Agnes was a general servant; John (19) was a postman and professional golfer; Helen and Katie were factory workers at Printfield. Peter junior was not in the family home.

Higgins Memorial Window Prior to Peter volunteering for active service in September 1914 he was employed in the Gryffe Tannery. He was enlisted in the 7th Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers which formed part of 45th Brigade, 15th (Scottish) Division, and he first joined the theatre of war on 10th July 1915 in France. He survived the Battle of Loos in September 1915 and returned to his home in Cameron Place on seven days leave in January 1916. On 27th May 1916 Peter was reported as wounded by shrapnel in France but improving in No 3 Hospital. Earlier that month his battalion had been involved in fighting near Loos defending a German attack on 'The Kink' Salient, and counter-attacking with bombers (grenade parties). He was repatriated but did not survive a further operation to remove a piece of shrapnel which had lodged in his back.

His funeral was on 10th June 1916, with military honours, the cortege leaving from his parents' house in Cameron Place. Peter was the first of the two Higgins brothers to fall. Their names are recorded in a stained glass memorial window in St. Fillan's Church, Houston.


1891 Census 1901 Census 1911 Census Birthplace
Name Age Name Age Name Age
Peter4 Peter14 Bridge of Weir
Agnes2 Agnes12Agnes21 Bridge of Weir
John9John19Bridge of Weir
Nellie7Helen17 Bridge of Weir
Kate5Katie15 Bridge of Weir
Ann2 Annie 12 Bridge of Weir
Jeanie10 Bridge of Weir


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