Percival Frederick BIGGS

Male 1920 - 1942  (22 years)


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  • Name Percival Frederick BIGGS 
    Born 19 Mar 1920  Ottawa, Carleton County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 16 Dec 1942  Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 1 Apr 1943  Wingham, Huron County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I24505  Manitoulin Roots
    Last Modified 30 Aug 2013 

    Father Percy Robert BIGGS,   b. 8 Mar 1900, North Bay, Nipissing, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1989, Mitchell, Perth County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Mother Edith CAMPBELL,   b. 18 Aug 1896, Powassan, Parry Sound District, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1991, Mitchell, Perth County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Married 9 Apr 1919  North Bay, Nipissing, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ontario Vital Records - Marriages #017 891 - 1919
      Percival Robert BIGGS, 19, Railwayman of North Bay, born North Bay and Edith CAMPBELL, 23, of Powassan, born Powassan were married 9 April 1919 in North Bay. Groom's Parents: Frederick Biggs and Emma Taylor. Bride's Parents: Daniel Campbell and Christiana Lee. Witnesses: Lieut. C. W. Campbell, Powassan and Mary E. Biggs, North Bay.
    Family ID F11747  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "BURIED WITH FULL MILITARY HONOUR -
      - Died In Plane Crash in December But Body Was Not Recovered Until Tuesday Last Week -
      Wingham United Church was filled to capacity Monday afternoon for the funeral service of the late Pilot Officer Percival F. Biggs who was killed in a plane crash near the coast on Vancouver Island on December 16th, last. The body was recovered on Tuesday last week along with four others who lost their lives in the accident. The large gathering and impressive service and funeral was a splendid tribute to this fine young man who gave his life on active service.
      Pilot Officer Biggs is the first to die on active service from Windham in this or the First Great War and be brought home for burial.
      The service was held following the arrival of the C.P.R.train and officers and other ranks of the R.A.F. from Port Albert excorted the remains from the station to the church. They passed through the 99th(Res.) Battery and the Wingham Legion who formed a guard of honour on the roadway leading to the church. Following the service the parade headed by members of the R.A.F. moved along John Street and up Josephine Street at the slow march. Citizens lined the streets as the procession went by.
      The pall bearers and flower bearers were officers of the R.A.F. Port Albert. All told about sixty all ranks from Port Albert were in attendance. The service at the graveside was conducted by Squadron Leader Hooper, Chaplain at Port Albert and the Benediction was pronounced by Capt. the Rev. W. A. Beecroft. The firing party fired three volleys and all officers including those of the 99th gave the salute.
      The service in the church was conducted by the minister, Capt. the Rev. V. A. Beecroft who was assisted by Squadron Leader Hooper.................... and told of his cheerful, happy letters to his parents about whom he also expressed concern. We could do without this and such sacrifices, he paid, if we wished to live as slaves under the heel of some tyrant. But at times of peril, such as we have today, our youth have always come forth to fight that we might be free.
      The choir under the leadership of Prof. A. W. Anderton, led in the service of praise. The hymns sung were "The Lord is my Shepherd" and "O Valiant Hearts". Prior the service Mr. Anderton played "Marche Funebre", Guilmant: "Largo", Handel and "Funeral March", Chopin. At the conclusion of the service "Dead March in Saul "Handel.
      Perc. was in his 22nd year. He was born at Ottawa and after living at Cochrane came to Wingham when ten years of age. He was a popular student at both the High and Public schools. Previous to his enlistment in August 1941 he was a member of the 99th Battery and was employed by C. Lloyd and Son. His first experience in the R.C.A.F. was at Manning Depot, Toronto, he then went to Jarvis. He took a wireless course at Winnipeg and then a Bomb and Gunnery course at Mossbank where he graduated as a Sergeant. This was in November last year and he came home on a furlough. While home he received word that he had been commissioned a Pilot Officer. The picture in this write up is the only one in his Officer's Uniform and was taken the evening prior to the accident. He was posted to the West coast and left here to take up his duties about....."
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      Burial-Location:
      Wingham cemetery, Huron County, Ontario; "Sec. F-R.C.A.F. / Pilot Officer / Percival F. Biggs / R.C.A.F.; 16th Dec. 1942 / Our Greatest Gift / A Devoted Son / Resting In Peace / But Never Forgotten / "

      B13179: BC Death Certificate: Reg'n no.1942-09-622575; - Occupation: listed as "Wire Less Air Gunner", in Province of B.C."11 days". Death listed as "accident", specify whether injury occured" in the woods". Dr. Jones, Coroner, Nanaimo, B.C. March 31st, 1943.