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  • This photo is of Joseph Victor  Piggott 
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Person Details
15 Feb 1893
Clarborough
Francis Henry Piggott was born in Peterborough and his wife Sarah Annette Piggott (nee Deacon ) was born in Uffington, Berkshire and were married in 1880, they must have moved to Retford soon after as all their children were born in Clarborough beginning with Francis Harry who was born in 1881 . They went on to have seven further children including, Reginald -Albert- Annette - Marjorie - Elsie - Shirley and Joseph Victor born 15th February 1893. Francis worked on the railways and was a railway telegraph storekeeper while Sarah was a school mistress working in an elementary school for the borough council. The family lived at 46 Grove Lane, Retford and were living there in the 1911 census when only Joseph Victor who by this time was 18 years of age and an apprentice engineer and his elder sister Elsie were living with their parents at the address. It would appear that Joseph left Retford in 1913 and went to live in Cobbadah, New South Wales, Australia, and started to work there as a school teacher. Following the outbreak of War Joseph joined up and saw active service in Egypt, Syria and France; and while in the latter theatre was gassed three times when the war ended and he was repatriated to Australia on 5th January 1919. On 18th July 1919 following a medical he was confirmed for discharged and was discharged on 31st August 1919. Following his discharge from the army he returned to England on the ship SS Beltana ( a P and O ship ) which arrived from Sydney at Tilbury, London, on 20th October 1919 , he is listed on the passenger list as Joseph Victor Piggott 26 yrs a school teacher previously with the Army. He returned to live with his parents who looked after him until he died at home at 46 Grove Lane on 25th October 1919 he died aged 26 years of age. His probate record shows him as Joseph Victor Piggott of Groveleigh, 46 Grove Lane Retford , died on 25th October 1919 , probate was administered with a will at London on 23rd July 1920 and his effects of £191. 8s . 5d were awarded to his father, Francis Harry Piggott, a railway clerk.
25 Oct 1919
26
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'Carisbrook' Cobbadah New South Wales
  • MD MD Mentioned in Despatches
  • Croix de Guerre Croix de Guerre Croix de guerre
H Bty Australian Corps
Following his emigration to Australia and the outbreak of the 'Great war' Joseph at first enlisted on 10th November 1915 giving his occupation as school teacher and an address of 'Carisbrook' Cobbadah New South Wales and his next of kin as his father Harry Piggott of 46 Grove Lane, Retford. He joined the 1st Light Horse and with them he embarked from Sidney on 21st March 1916 on the ship HMAT Armdale bound for the Western front. He later transferred to the 2nd Australian Field Artillery Brigade serving with the 102 Howitzer battery and was finally transferred to the postal section before his discharged in 1919 . He was later awarded the Belgium award the 'Croix de Guerre ' and was eventually repatriated to Australia 5th January 1919. He returned to his home at 46 Grove lane where he died aged 26 years of age.
Joseph Victor Piggott Retford Times 7 Nov 1919 Gunner Joseph Victor Piggott, an Australian soldier, a native of Retford, passed away at the home of his parents, 46 Grove Lane on Saturday afternoon at the early age of 26. During the war he saw much active service in Egypt, Syria and France; and while in the latter theatre was gassed three times. It is assumed that these attacks bought on the trouble which caused his death. In the early part of this year he embarked for Australia for demobilisation. His return voyage was made on the “Beltana” which only arrived in Tilbury Docks on the 20th inst. Apparently deceased buoyed himself up which his determination to reach home. Although weak and ill he managed to get about a little until Thursday, when he rapidly grew worse, and in spite of careful nursing he succumbed. The funeral took place Wednesday afternoon at the new cemetery, Retford and numerous relatives and friends sent beautiful floral tributes of love and esteem. As a result of bravery and good work, he had been mentioned in despatches seven times and was decorated with the Croix de Guerre by HM the King of the Belgians. Wreaths were sent by the following; Father and mother, Reg and Harry, Edward and Kathleen, Nettie and Fred, Madge and George, Elsie and Shirley, Uncle Will and cousin Gwen, Edith Hatch (his fiancée), Mr and Mrs Lidster, Mrs George Wright, Mrs Hardman, Percy and Minnie, Mr Darwin and family, Mr and Mrs Robinson and family, Mrs Hindley and family. He is buried in Retford new cemetery grave no 83 section B A He does not appear on the CWGC
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  • This photo is of Joseph Victor  Piggott 
Courtesy of Matt Piggott
    Joseph Victor Piggott - This photo is of Joseph Victor Piggott Courtesy of Matt Piggott
  • This photo is of Sarah Annette Deacon the mother of James Victor Piggott
    Sarah Annette Deacon - This photo is of Sarah Annette Deacon the mother of James Victor Piggott
  • This photo is of Albert Edward Piggott an elder brother to Joseph Victor Piggott 
courtesy of Matt Piggott
    Albert Edward Piggott - This photo is of Albert Edward Piggott an elder brother to Joseph Victor Piggott courtesy of Matt Piggott
  • This is a photo of Francis Harry Piggott who was an elder brother to Joseph Victor . He served in the Grenadier Guards and fought in South Africa during the Boer War. He was in the Queens company of the Grenadier Guards and was a pall bearer carrying the coffin during the funeral of Queen Victoria, the medal he has is for taking part in the funeral. Courtesy of Matt Piggott
    Francis Harry Piggott - This is a photo of Francis Harry Piggott who was an elder brother to Joseph Victor . He served in the Grenadier Guards and fought in South Africa during the Boer War. He was in the Queens company of the Grenadier Guards and was a pall bearer carrying the coffin during the funeral of Queen Victoria, the medal he has is for taking part in the funeral. Courtesy of Matt Piggott
  • Copy of the passenger list for the ship ' Demosthenes ' upon which Joseph embarked  in 1913 for his new home in Australia. 
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    Joseph Victor Piggott - Copy of the passenger list for the ship ' Demosthenes ' upon which Joseph embarked in 1913 for his new home in Australia. Courtesy Matt Piggott
  • This is the enlistment papers of Joseph Victor Piggott which he completed upon Joining the Australian Imperial Forces on 10th November 1915. Courtesy of Matt Piggott
    Joseph Victor Piggott - This is the enlistment papers of Joseph Victor Piggott which he completed upon Joining the Australian Imperial Forces on 10th November 1915. Courtesy of Matt Piggott
  • This is the enlistment papers of Joseph Victor Piggott which he completed upon Joining the Australian Imperial Forces on 10th November 1915. Courtesy of Matt Piggott
    Joseph Victor Piggott - This is the enlistment papers of Joseph Victor Piggott which he completed upon Joining the Australian Imperial Forces on 10th November 1915. Courtesy of Matt Piggott
  • This is the army service papers of Joseph Victor Piggott giving details of his service history.
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    Joseph Victor Piggott - This is the army service papers of Joseph Victor Piggott giving details of his service history. Courtesy of Matt Piggott
  • This is the medical form for  Joseph Piggott when he was discharged form the Australian Imperial Forces stating he was suffering from diabetes.
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    Joseph Victor Piggott - This is the medical form for Joseph Piggott when he was discharged form the Australian Imperial Forces stating he was suffering from diabetes. Courtesy Matt Piggott
  • This Australian Imperial Army Form gives details of Joseph Victor Piggot following his discharged and shows medals awarded.
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    Joseph Victor Piggott - This Australian Imperial Army Form gives details of Joseph Victor Piggot following his discharged and shows medals awarded. Courtesy of Matt Piggott
  • This form dated 17th July 1922 was sent to Josephs parents informing him of their sons award of the Croix de Guerre 
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    Joseph Victor Piggott - This form dated 17th July 1922 was sent to Josephs parents informing him of their sons award of the Croix de Guerre Courtesy of Matt Piggott
  • This photo shows the medal group awarded to Joseph Victor Piggott for his services during the 'Great War' 
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    Joseph Victor Piggott - This photo shows the medal group awarded to Joseph Victor Piggott for his services during the 'Great War' Courtesy of Matt Piggott
  • This photo shows the grave of Joseph Victor Piggott in Retford cemetery. 
Courtesy of Colin Dannatt
    Joseph Victor Piggott - grave - This photo shows the grave of Joseph Victor Piggott in Retford cemetery. Courtesy of Colin Dannatt
  • This photo shows the inscription on the grave of Joseph Victor Piggott in Retford cemetery.
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    Joseph Victor Piggott - grave - This photo shows the inscription on the grave of Joseph Victor Piggott in Retford cemetery. Courtesy of Colin Dannatt
  • This photo is of Reginald Dennison Piggott another brother of Joseph. 
Courtesy of Matt Piggott
    Reginald Dennison Piggott - This photo is of Reginald Dennison Piggott another brother of Joseph. Courtesy of Matt Piggott