Village memories: the school at Kingsmead (picture from SWOP website)
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Rifleman 330724 1st/8th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment Killed in action on 2nd November 1917 aged 19 Remembered with Honour in Gaza War Cemetery Grave reference XXI.B.16.
Victor was born in Loudwater in 1898 to Victor and Ellen. By 1911 he was still at school and living at Rose Bank Cottage, Loudwater, with a younger brother and sister. Father Victor was employed as a bricklayer.
Victor enlisted in Hampshire Regiment in Newport, I.O.W. when he was almost certainly still under age but despite his age was attached to the 1st/8th Battalion. Private Piggott was killed in action in Palestine on 2nd November 1917 aged only 19.
On 18th May 1917 the Bucks Free Press reported that Victor had been wounded on 19th April 1917 with a gun shot wound to the abdomen and had been admitted to hospital in Kantara. He was obviously sent back into action after his recovery from this earlier wound but no information on his death was reported in the press.
Victor is remembered with honour in the Gaza War Cemetery in Israel.
Name Victor Francis Augustus PIGGOTT
Rank/Number Rifleman 330724
Regiment Hampshire Regiment 1/8th Battalion
Enlisted Newport, Isle of Wight
Age/Date of death 19 02 Nov 1917
How died/Theatre of war Killed in action Palestine
Last known address Loudwater
Cemetery Gaza War Cemetery, Israel
Grave or Memorial Reference XXI.B.16
Location of memorial Loudwater
Date/Place of birth 02 Jan 1898 Loudwater
Date/Place of baptism 08 May 1898 Loudwater
Pre-war occupation of Casualty
Parents Victor Francis Augustus & Ellen Piggott
Parent's occupation bricklayer
Parents’ Address (last known) Rose Bank, Wycombe Marsh
Wife’s Address (last known)