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John Maurice Higgins http://www.stephen-stratford.co.uk/canadians.htm

John Maurice Higgins was born on 26 September 1891 in Charlottetown, before moving with his parents in Toronto.

After enlisting in the 87th Battalion in Montreal, Higgins sailed with the battalion to England during April 1916.

Higgins conduct had already begun to deteriorate and his conduct sheet should several offences. On 10 May 1916, Higgins was charged with being Absent Without Leave (AWOL) and deducted 3 days' pay. Two days later, on 12 May 1916, Higgins received 12 days' Field Punishment No. 2 for another period of being AWOL. Following this second period of AWOL, Higgins was transferred as a reinforcement to the 1st (Western Ontario) Battalion in Belgium.

Private Higgins took part in the heavy fighting at Mount Sorrel and went with his unit into the fighting at Courcelette in September 1916. During this battle, Higgins went absent until he was arrested by French Police 16 days' later. This time Private Higgins was charged with desertion. While awaiting his court-martial, Higgins escaped from custody and was not rearrested until 5 days' later.

After his court-martial, Higgins was found guilty and sentenced to death by shooting. At 07:11 on 7 December 1916, Higgins was executed by firing squad. His remains are now located in Quatre-Vents Cemetery, Plot I, Row B, Grave 2.

1901 Census of Canada
Name: John M Higgins Gender: Male
Marital Status: Single Age: 12
Birth Date: 7 Nov 1888 Birthplace: Pe
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father's Name: David Mother's Name: Emma
Racial or Tribal Origin: Irish
Nationality: Canadian Religion: Presbyterian
Province: Prince Edward Island
District: Queen'S (West/Ouest) District Number: 136
Sub-District: Charlottetown (City/Cité)
Sub-District Number: A-12 Family Number: 186 Page: 18

Name             Age
David Higgins  37
Emma Higgins 33
Gertrude M Higgins 13
John M Higgins 12
Harold O Higgins 9
Laura A Higgins 6
George R Higgins 4
Hazel AR Higgins 3
Everett Higgins 1

http://www.angelfire.com/folk/guysboroughvets/Rshot.html Private John Maurice Higgins 177753, age 25: John was born September 26, 1891 at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, the son of Emma and David Higgins. A moulder, he enlisted November 23, 1915 at Montreal, Quebec. John was serving overseas with the 1st Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Canadian Infantry Division (Western Ontario Regiment) when he was absent without leave for 16 days and charged with desertion. He was executed December 7, 1916 and was buried in the Quatre-Vents Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.



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Name          Regimental     Number(s) Reference 
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  1 ALBERT CHARLES JAMES HIGGINS , 
        2497892 RG 150, Acc. 1992-93/166, Box 4330 - 23
        of Chicago Ill born in England 27 January 1887
        Carpenter
        Mother Emma Adams 
             

  2 ALBERT EDWARD HIGGINS , 
        2691461 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4330 - 24 
        of California born Belfast, Ireland 13 July 1888
        Carpenter
        Mother Elizabeth Higgins 
             

  3 ALBERT WILLIAM HIGGINS , 
        177683 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4330 - 25 
            
         of Kirkland Lake ON, born 7 Dec 1890 London England
         Miner
         Wife: Emily Higgins

  4 ALEXANDER HIGGINS , 
        477404 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4330 - 26 
        of Montreal Canada born 24 June 1880(1) 
         Clerk
         Next of Kin: Wm Higgins Uncle
                     

  5 ALFRED HIGGINS , 
         30872 RG 150, Acc. 1992-93/166,Box 4330 - 27 
         born April 1893 Cheshire England
         Teamster 
         Next of Kin: Miss Elva Klegg, Winnipeg CAN 

              

  6 ALFRED ALOY HIGGINS , 
         862681 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4330 - 28 
         of Toronto ON born 30 May 1899 (1889) Guelph ON
         Machinist 
         Father: John Higgins Guelph ON
              

  7 ALFRED CHARLES HIGGINS
         158597 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4330 - 29 
         born 12 Sep 1894 Plymouth, Devonshire England
         Machinist 
         Mother Matilda Higgins St Catharines ON
              

  8 ALFRED JAMES HIGGINS
         65444 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4330 - 30 
         born 2 Feb 1872 London England
         Seaman
         Wife: Frances Higgins 
              

 9 ALFRED JOHN HIGGINS
         1045727 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4330 - 31 
         of Detroit MI, born 4 July 1895 Barbados 
         Machinist 
         Father: John Palmer Higgins Detroit. MI
              

10 ALFRED JOSEPH HIGGINS
         528492 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4330 - 32 
         of Toronto Ontario born 23 Oct 1894 Limehouse London ENG
         Farm Labor
         Next of Kin: Mrs Thomas Cull, friend 
              

11  ANTHONY HIGGINS ,
         1100030 , 766218 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4330 - 33 
          of Toronto ON, born 24 Dec 1884 (1885)County Sligo, Ireland
         Groom
         Wife: Bridget Higgins
                     

12 ARTHUR HIGGINS
          817272 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4330 - 34 
          of Walton England, born 3 Sept 1881 Liverpool ENG
          Farmer
          Father: Arthur Higgins, Liverpool ENG
          
               

13 ARTHUR HIGGINS
          301177 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4330 - 35 
          born 2 December 1895, Glasgow Scotland
          Barber
          Father: Hugh T Higgins Sidney Mines
               

14 ARTHUR HIGGINS
          916144 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4330 - 36 
          of York Co. ON, born 10 January 1874 Somerset ENG
          Leather Dyer
          Wife: Annie Higgins York County ON
               

15 ARTHUR ERNEST HIGGINS
          928412 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4330 - 37 
          
             
 
16 ARTHUR ERNEST HIGGINS
          259479 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4330 - 38 

              
 
17 ARTHUR GUY HIGGINS
          70104 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4330 - 39 

              
18 ARTHUR HERBERT HIGGINS
             379 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4330 - 40 

              
19 AUGUSTINE VICTOR HIGGINS
           3214479 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4330 - 41 

              

20  BENJAMIN HIGGINS ,
           279585 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4330 - 42 
          12/02/1896 
              

21 BENJAMIN HIGGINS
             86280 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4330 - 43 
         06/04/1889
              

22 BENJAMIN HIGGINS
             4030241 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4330 - 44 
         08/12/1887
             

 
23 BERNARD HIGGINS
             639714 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4330 - 45 
         15/05/1897 
              

24 BERT HIGGINS
             302197 RG 150, Acc. 1992-93/166,Box 4330 - 46 
       06/06/1897
              


25 CHARLES HIGGINS
             2022602 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 1 
        27/04/1884  
             
 
26 CHARLES HIGGINS
             730372 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 2 
         17/10/1874 
              

27 CHARLES AUBREY HIGGINS
             414503 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 3 
         1896
              

28 CHARLES CHANCEY HIGGINS ,  
             905073 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 4 
         11/12/1883
              

29 CHARLES E HIGGINS
             342198 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 5 
         06/08/1872
              

30 CHARLES FRANCIS HIGGINS
              13590 , 183883 RG 150, Acc. 1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 6 
         27/11/1889
                     

31 CHARLES FREDERICK HIGGINS
              919044 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 7 
         17/02/1893
              

32 CHARLES HODGSON HIGGINS
              77946 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 8 
         11/11/1893
              

33 CHARLES TALBORT HIGGINS
              2024531 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 9 
        25/12/1889 

             
 
34 CHARLES WESLEY HIGGINS
              2621882 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 10

11/12/1890


35 CHARLES WILLIAM HIGGINS
               3257242 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 11 
         16/02/1897
              

36 CHARLES WILLIAM HIGGINS
               716110 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 12 
         16/04/1890
              

37 CLARENCE M HIGGINS
                427568 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 13 
         28/07/1893
              

38 CLAUDE THORNTON HIGGINS
                510160 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 14 
         05/04/1889
              

39 CLYDE FRED HIGGINS
                19613 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 15 
         24/08/1887
              

40 CORNELIUS HIGGINS
                410641 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 16 
         02/12/1891
            
 
41 CYRIL AUBREY HIGGINS
                3139137 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 17 
         17/03/1893
              

42 DANIEL HIGGINS
                453581 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 18 
         17/03/1897
              

43 DANIEL HIGGINS
                1060258 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 19 
         01/08/1898
              

44 DANIEL HIGGINS
                1069935 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 20 
         16/06/1874
              

45 DANIEL HIGGINS
                1027455 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 21 
         06/07/1899
              

46 D'ARCY CAMPBELL HIGGINS 
                 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 22 
         23/10/1896
                 

47 DAVID HIGGINS
                 3209524 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 23 
         25/08/1897
              

48 DAVID A HIGGINS
                 14850 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 24 
         29/07/1880
              

49 DAVID ALEXANDER HIGGINS
                 114585 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 25 
         22/03/1889
              

50 DOUGLAS DICKEY HIGGINS
                 3181215 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 26 
         10/04/1888
              
51 DOUGLAS GORDON HIGGINS
                 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 27 
         01/12/1895
             
 
52 EDWARD HIGGINS
                 2751210 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 28 
         08/02/1899
              

53 EDWARD HIGGINS
                 778360 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 29 
         14/10/1874
              

54 EDWARD  HIGGINS
                 3185055 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 30 
         28/07/1894
              

55 EDWARD MCGOWAN HIGGINS 
                 916492 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 31 
         15/04/1888
              

56 EDWARD R HIGGINS 
                 3257028 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 32 
         25/09/1897
             
 
57 ERNEST HIGGINS
                 2006287 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 33 
         07/02/1894 
               

58 ERNEST CLIFFORD HIGGINS 
                   410694 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 34 
         26/01/1894
               

59 FLOYD HIGGINS  
                  2011697 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 35 
         09/07/1885
               

60 FLOYD MILLEN HIGGINS
                   727533 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 36 
         05/05/1896
              

61 FRANCIS W HIGGINS 
                   260479 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 37 
         06/09/1893
              

62 FRANK HIGGINS
                   675969 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 38 
         27/04/1878
              

63 FRANK  HIGGINS
                  3182613 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 39 
          31/10/1899  
              

64 FRANK  HIGGINS
                  3230601 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 40 
         15/06/1883
              

65 FRANK ALEXANDER HIGGINS 
                    216997 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 41 
         10/06/1896
              

66 FRANK BENJAMIN HIGGINS 
                    276850 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 42 
         08/02/1896
              

67 FRANK CHIPMAN HIGGINS
                       RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 43 
         30/12/1892
             
 
68 FRANK CLEVELAND HIGGINS
                   2699688 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 44 
         04/06/1885
               

69 FRANK LOCKWOOD HIGGINS 
                     440310 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 45 
         12/03/1896
              

70 FRANK THOMAS HIGGINS
                       33362 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 46 
         01/04/1893
              

71 FREDERICK HIGGINS
                    1000310 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 47 
         10/09/1884
              

72 FREDERICK HIGGINS
                    3111275 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 48 
         18/06/1884
              

73 FREDERICK HIGGINS
                         2015 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 49 
         
74 FRED HIGGINS
                        75156 RG 150, Acc. 1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 50 
         04/12/1892
              

75 FREDERICK HIGGINS
                       502604 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 51 
         05/11/1881
              

76 FREDERICK HARRY HIGGINS  
                     1282935 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 52 
         02/04/1880
              

77 FRED HARVEY HIGGINS
                     2774608 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 53 
         
78 FREDERICK JAMES HIGGINS
                       106286 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 54 
         04/07/1891
              

79 FREDERICK JOHN HIGGINS 
                         57339 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 55 
         25/08/1879
              

80 FREDERICK JOSEPH GEORGE HIGGINS
                      3133168 RG 150, Acc. 1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 56 
         15/12/1890
             
 
81 FREDERICK KEITH HIGGINS
                        349765 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 57 
         23/02/1898
              

82 FRED LEONARD HIGGINS 
                        841365 RG 150, Acc. 1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 58 
         06/06/1897
              

83 FREDERICK ROBERT HIGGINS 
                      4000015 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4331 - 59 
         03/04/1893
             
 
84 FREDERICK WILLIAM HIGGINS 
                            768 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4332 - 1 
         04/09/1896
              

85 GEORGE HIGGINS 
         513498 , 2779940 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4332 - 2 
         18/12/1885
              

86 GEORGE HIGGINS 
                       424911 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4332 - 3 
         30/11/1882
              

87 GEORGE HIGGINS
                      1000880 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4332 - 4 
         03/01/1898
              

88 GEORGE HIGGINS
                             371 RG 150, Acc. 1992-93/166,Box 4332 - 5 

89 GEORGE ARTHUR HIGGINS
                        669779 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4332 - 6 
         16/05/1894
              

90 GEORGE B HIGGINS 
                        687764 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4332 - 7 
         01/08/1880
              

91 GEORGE GERRARD HIGGINS
                        A22469 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4332 - 8 
         21/10/1896
              

92 GEORGE GORDON HIGGINS 
                             683 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4332 - 9 
         07/06/1892
              

93 GEORGE GREGORY HIGGINS
                      2004544 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4332 - 10 
         10/06/1873
              

94 GEORGE IRVINE HIGGINS
                      3255003 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4332 - 11 
         14/02/1887
             
 
95 GEORGE LEITH HIGGINS
                       784070 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4332 - 12 
         02/06/1897
              

96 GEORGE LEONARD HIGGINS
                       252900 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4332 - 13 
         12/09/1893
              

97 GEORGE P HIGGINS
                       A6546 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4332 - 14 
         02/02/1892
              

98 GEORGE RUSSELL HIGGINS
            4084 , 111230 RG 150,Acc. 1992-93/166, Box 4332 - 15 
         
99 GEORGE TALMAGE HIGGINS
                    3353151 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4332 - 16 
         17/02/1896
             
 
100 GEORGE WILLARD HIGGINS
      4050531 , 2010373 RG 150, Acc. 1992-93/166, Box 4332 - 17 
         12/06/1899
               

101 GEORGE WILLIAM HIGGINS
                            720 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4332 - 18 
         10/05/1891
              

102 GERALD HIGGINS ,  
                         33361 RG 150, Acc.1992-93/166, Box 4332 - 19 
         17/05/1895
              

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