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James Robert ‘Tad’ Digges

By February 20, 2014No Comments

James Robert ‘Tad’ Digges was a farmer on the family’s property at Coonamble when the war broke out.  He enlisted in September 1915 and was appointed as a gunner with the 5th Field Artillery Brigade.  He was later appointed as a driver.  He was hospitalised several times during the course of the war, suffering from trench foot, appendicitis and influenza.  He settled in Mendooran after the war, where he was a newsagent and prominent public figure.  Digges was an avid golfer, winning a trophy for his performance in the 1949 season.

Digges frequented Orange to socialise and to visit his friends and was well-known in the town.