Three to Captain N.Briggs, Indian Medical Service, late Royal Army Medical Corps,
British War and Victory Medal (Capt.N.Briggs.); General Service 1918-62, one bar, S.Persia (Capt.N.Briggs.). Very fine. (3)
C.I.E. London Gazette 1946.
Norman Briggs was born on November 12, 1891, and was educated at Hymer's College, Hull, the University of Leeds and University College Hospital. He qualified in 1914 and took a temporary commission in the R.A.M.C. on the outbreak of the First World War, during which he served in France and Belgium and later in the Persian Gulf and Persia. In 1917 he obtained a regular commission in the Indian Medical Service. A few years after the war he was transferred to civil employment in the jail department of the Punjab, where he rendered excellent service in the Borstal institution in Lahore and later as Superintendent of the central jail.
In 1934 he was appointed Deputy Inspector-General of prisons in the Punjab. Two years later Briggs was selected for the combined post of director of health services and Inspector-general of prisons in Sind. In this relatively small new province the tripartite division of medical administration into hospitals, public health, and jails, the administrative method obtaining in the older and larger provinces was considered extravagant and unsuitable.
During his period of office in Sind, Colonel Briggs had plenty of opportunities to demonstrate his capacity for sound administration. Early in the Second World War he was recalled for military duty in India, but returned to civil employment in 1943 as Inspector-General of Civil hospitals in the United Provinces. He remained in that post until 1947, when independence and partition ended the activities of the I.M.S.
He was a kindly, friendly, hospitable man who was greatly liked by both senior administrators and his subordinates. Appointed C.I.E. and King's Honorary Surgeon in 1946, he became a Commander of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem in 1948. On his retirement he went to live at Heathfield in Sussex. Colonel Briggs married Olive Margaret, daughter of H. Irving Bell, of Eastbourne, and she survived him.