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  • Buried in Dar es Salaam War Cemetery, Tanzania. (www.cwgc.org)
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18 Feb 1887
Stapleford Nottinghamshire
He was the son of John, a retired brick maker, and Fanny Piggin of 'Lenton Eaves', Gregory Boulevard, and later 'Beaconsfield House', Loughborough Road, West Bridgford (all Nottingham). He was the brother of Sarah Irene, Edith Margaret, Emily Kathleen, Florence Joan, John Loverseed and Edwin Loverseed. His elder brother, John Loverseed Piggin, served initially with the Frontiersmen in German East Africa but was later commissioned lieutenant with the Machine Gun Corps and served on the Western Front. His father, John Piggin, died in December 1935; he was then living at 208 Mansfield Road, Nottingham.
He was admitted to Nottingham Boys' High School the school aged 8 years on 10th September 1895 and attended until 1903. His brothers John Loverseed Piggin and Edwin Loverseed Piggin also attended the school.
20 Dec 1916
898915 - CWGC Website
Lieutenant Frederic Percy Loverseed Piggin was the Officer Training Corps' sergeant-bugler in 1901. He served with the British South African Police from March 1910 and in the war with the Rhodesia Native Regiment. He was killed in action in German East Africa on 20th December 1916. He is buried in Dar es Salaam War Cemetery, Bagamoyo Road, Tanzania (Plot 5, row D, grave 7). Frederic's grave was probably brought into the cemetery from another burial ground in Tanzania in the early 1970s. (See below) CWGC - History of Dar es Salaam War Cemetery (extract): 'At the outbreak of the First World War Tanzania was the core of German East Africa. From the invasion of April 1915, Commonwealth forces fought a protracted and difficult campaign against a relatively small but highly skilled German force under the command of General von Lettow-Vorbeck. When the Germans finally surrendered on 23 November 1918, twelve days after the European armistice, their numbers had been reduced to 155 European and 1,168 African troops. Dar es Salaam was the capital of German East Africa. On 8 August 1914, the first recorded British action of the war took place here, when HMS Astraea shelled the German wireless station and boarded and disabled two merchant ships - the "Konig" and the "Feldmarschall". The Royal Navy systematically shelled the city from mid August 1916, and at 8 am on 4 September the deputy burgomaster was received aboard H.M.S. "Echo" to accept the terms of surrender. Troops, headed by the 129th Baluchis, then entered the city. On 12 September 1916, Divisional GHQ moved to Dar es Salaam, and later No.3 East African Stationary Hospital was stationed there. The town became the chief sea base for movement of supplies and for the evacuation of the sick and wounded ... DAR ES SALAAM WAR CEMETERY was created in 1968 when the 660 First World War graves at Dar es Salaam (Ocean Road) Cemetery had to be moved to facilitate the construction of a new road. As the burials in the three former plots had not been marked individually, they were reburied in collective graves, each marked by a screen wall memorial. (Memorial Gardens "B", "C" and "D"). During the early 1970s, a further 1,000 graves were brought into this site from cemeteries all over Tanzania, where maintenance could no longer be assured ... Dar es Salaam War Cemetery now contains 1,764 Commonwealth burials of the First World War.' (www.cwgc.org)
Report published in the Nottingham Evening Post, 29th December 1916:- “LOCAL OFFICER KILLED. “LIEUT. F. P. L. PIGGIN. “News has been received that Lieut. Frederic Percy L. Piggin, Rhodesian Native Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Piggin, Beaconsfield House, West Bridgford, was killed in action on the 21st December. “The deceased officer, who was 27 years of age, was born at Stapleford, and was educated at Nottingham High School. Seven or eight years ago he went to South Africa, and joined the Cape Mounted Police. On the outbreak of the war he was anxious to return England to enlist, but his services were deemed more valuable where he was, and he was retained in the Rhodesian native regiment, being granted a commission. “As a consequence of his knowledge of local dialects he was one of those selected to organise the native volunteers. He was well-known in local hockey circles, and he was fine rider and a good shot. His elder brother, J. L. Piggin, [2] is serving with the Frontiersmen in German East Africa.” [2] Pte. John Loverseed Piggin, 25th (Legion of Frontiersmen) Battalion Royal Fusiliers, had taken part in the raid on Bukoba, 22nd June 1915. Commissioned 1st December 1916, he served as a lieutenant with the Machine Gun Corps on the Western Front. Mentioned in despatches, 6th August 1918. Nottingham Evening Post, 'Roll of Honour', 29th December 1916: “PIGGIN. – Killed in action December 21st, Lieut. Frederic Percy Loverseed (Snip) Piggin, of the Rhodesian Native Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Piggin, Beaconsfield House, West Bridgford.” Above courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918 Nottingham Evening Post, Monday 15 April 1935: ‘Death of Mr J Piggin. Lived twenty years after breaking neck. Hunting mishap recalled. For many years a prominent figure in the hunting field, Mr John Piggin, a member of an old Stapleford family, died at his residence, 208, Mansfield-road, Nottingham, on Saturday … A native of Stapleford, he was the son of the late Mr and Mrs Frederick Piggin and a brother of the late Mr RS [Richard Salt] Piggin of Beeston [died December 1931 aged 87].' (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
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