George Arthur Briggs (1920-1943)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.


George Arthur Briggs was born on 1 October 1920, the son of George Briggs and his wife Florence "Florrie" (née Walter).

At the time of the 1939 Register, he was working as an apprentice electrician and plumber, and living with his mother at 68 Moor Lane, Netherton.

He married Joan Taylor in 1942[1] and they resided at 2 Grasscroft Road, Marsh.

He was reported missing presumed dead when his Liberator GRV lost over the Bay of Biscay during an Operation Musketry patrol on 29 July 1943.[2] He is commemorated on the Runnymede Air Forces Memorial, and locally on memorials at Almondbury and Lowerhouses.


Huddersfield Examiner (04/Aug/1945):

Roll of Honour

BRIGGS — In loving memory of my dear husband, Flight-Sergeant George A. Briggs, W.O.P./A.G., R.A.F.V.B., missing presumed dead, July 29, 1943, aged 22.

I shall always remember you smiling,
You'll be smiling when we meet again.
Nothing dims the flame of hope,
It burns for ever in my heart,
My thoughts and prayers are all of you
Although we are so far apart.
The hours are fraught with many cares,
The task is hard the burden great,
A thousand fears press in upon me,
Yet with confidence I wait.
Though at present in the clouds
No' golden gleam can I discern,
I am always hoping, praying,
For the day of your return.

Also his gallant crew.

— Loving sweetheart and wife Joan, 2, Grasscroft Road, Marsh.

BRIGGS — A loving tribute to the memory of Flt./Sgt. George A. Briggs, W.O.P./A.G., R.A.F.V.R., missing, presumed dead, July 29, 1943, aged 22.

The memory of his smiling face,
His kind and faithful ways,
The heart that won so many friends
In bygone happier days.

— Greatly missed by his Father and Mother-in-law, also Rene, A.T.S., and Trevor, R.N., 131, Hall Cross Road, Lowerhouses.

BRIGGS — In loving memory of a dear cousin and friend, George A. (Flight Sgt., R.A.F.), missing, presumed killed, July 29, 1943.

He had a nature worth loving,
A heart as good as gold,
To those who knew and loved him
His memory will never grow old.

— From Kenneth and Nellie, 4, Grasscroft Road, Marsh.

BRIGGS — In loving memory of a dear brother-in-law and uncle, Flt./Sgt. George A. Briggs, W.O.P./A.G., R.A.F.V.R. missing, presumed dead, July 29, 1943, aged 22.

Memories last longer than tears.
Sadly missed.

— Arthur, B.L.A., and Winnie.

God bless Uncle George.

— Trevor and Pat, 28, Alexandra Road, Warlingham, Surrey.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission



Notes and References

  1. Marriage registered Q2 1942 Huddersfield.
  2. Codenames: Operation Musketry.