Finding date and battle of wounding for First World War English Private Arthur Higgins in France?

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My father, Private Arthur Higgins No 2163, was born 4 Jul 1893, and was in the 5th Battalion of the North Staffordshire Regiment which landed in France on 5 Mar 1915 and was repatriated to England on 19 Oct 1915.

I wish to find out the date he was wounded and the Battle Front at which that occurred?

Ronald Higgins

Posted 2015-06-05T15:59:56.013

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1Welcome to G&FH.SE! You don't say where you've tried to search already, so I wanted to alert you to the free access period this weekend on Ancestry.co.uk. Their promo says "Access to the records in the featured collections will be free from 5 June at 00:01 until 7 June, 2015 at 23:59 GMT." (Note that while there is a big button encouraging you to sign up for a 14-day free trial that is NOT necessary to view records during the free period.) While you are waiting for answers, take a look around at other questions here tagged world-war-1 and see if there is information that can help you. – Jan Murphy – 2015-06-05T16:20:30.617

1Great steer from @Jan Murphy as the best place to find out will be if his WW1 service record survived. Regimental diaries may well help locate theatre of action. In the meantime, I would suggest a likely location was Ploegsteert Wood, near Ypres, where 1st Bn North Staffs lost men who died on 13 and 14 Oct 1914. – user3310902 – 2015-06-05T17:39:20.287

1http://www.greatwar.co.uk/ estimates that only 40% of the service records survived and some of them are in very poor condition. – Jan Murphy – 2015-06-05T18:16:26.343

1http://www.1914-1918.net/nstaffs.htm/ This site indicates that the 1st Btn was in France from 12 Sep 1914. The 5th Btn was reservists. – user3310902 – 2015-06-05T22:38:58.207

1Whereas the 1/5th btn arrived in France on 4 Mar 1915. I think you might have got the year wrong. – user3310902 – 2015-06-05T22:52:13.590

@user3310902 I think you should write a short answer to summarise your comments – PolyGeo – 2016-03-16T03:42:23.857

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