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Honour for digger who dived to new depths

Published: 22 February 2017

Honour for digger who dived to new depths
Ken Briggs with his good mate Sub Lieutenant John Beams

Logan’s link to a great chapter in Australia’s military history has been immortalised with a plaque honouring Sub Lieutenant Kenneth Maxwell Briggs RANVR DSC.

A World War II veteran and prominent citizen, Mr Briggs’ plaque will hang on the Wall of Acclaim at the Logan City Council administration building on Wembley Road.

Mr Briggs cut a vital Japanese underwater communication cable in 1945, earning the submariner the Distinguished Service Cross.

Ken was born in Glen Innes, New South Wales and lived there until after high school when he moved to Sydney and joined the Navy at the age of 17.

After his military service, Ken worked in Sydney and after meeting his wife Doris (deceased) they eventually moved to Queensland.

Mr Briggs has been a Life Member of the Springwood RSL Sub Branch since 1983 and has been a member of the Slacks Creek Citizens Club for thirty (30) years.

Acting Mayor Councillor Cherie Dalley said Mr Briggs’ outstanding service, his contribution to ending the War in the Pacific in 1945 and his years of service to the community of Logan make him an ideal addition to the Wall of Acclaim.

“His life is an amazing story that recalls a much different world to the one we live in,” Cr Dalley said.

“His brave act in cutting the communication link between Saigon and Singapore greatly assisted the war effort.

“And as a civilian in Logan he has been an active member of the community.

“I’d like to congratulate him on this award and thank him for his service to his country.”  

The Logan Wall of Acclaim acknowledges and celebrates the achievements of Logan residents who have made a significant contribution to the development of the city.

Among its honourees are child safety campaigner Hetty Johnston AM, Daniel Jones and Darren Hayes from Savage Garden and Olympian Steven Bradbury. Another World War II veteran, RAAF pilot Edward 'Ted' Cattell also has a plaque on the wall.