Place and inscription Blackmore
War Memorial: Sec Lieut G.W.Pigott R.F.A.
Church Window: 2nd Lt Gerald W.Pigott
Doddinghurst War Memorial Tablet, All Saints Church
Ongar & District War Memorial Hospital Roll of Honour
(Blackmore), out of sequence at end of Blackmore list and misspelled G
W Piggot. Not duplicated on Doddinghurst list [ERO A10815].
Field Artillery. 127thBattery. 29th
Brigade Regiment [CWGC]
Service Details: On
15 August 1914 he was
promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.[London Gazette]
GERALD WELLESLEY 2nd Lieut 127th
Battery Royal Field Artillery, only child of Lieutenant-Colonel
Wellesley George Pigott, of Blackmore House, Co Essex, J. P.,
commanding 12th Battalion Rifle Brigade (now on active service), by his
wife Helen Louise, only dau. of the late Captain Thomas Donaldson 3rd
KO Hussars, by his wife Helen Louisa Elizabeth, eldest dau. of Richard
Andrew Hyacinth Kirwan, of Bawnmore Co Galway JP and grandson of the
Rev Wellesley Pigott M. A., Rector of Fugglestone cum Bemerton (fourth
son of Sir George Pigott 1st Bart); born South Weald co. Essex 3 Sept
1896; educated West Downs, Winchester (1905-10), Wellington College
(1910 --13) and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich (Feb-Jul 1914);
gazetted 2nd lieutenant 3rd Battalion Essex Regiment 15 Aug1914;
transferred to the Royal Field Artillery, 15 Jan 1915; and posted to
the 127th battery at the front in March; served in France and Flanders,
and was wounded at Brielen during the 2nd Battle of Ypres 13 May 1915
by shrapnel, which struck him in the head.He was taken to the dressing station, and from
there conveyed to the no. 2 Clearing Station at Bailleul, where he died
14 May 1915.Buried at the British
Officers Cemetery Bailleul; unm.The
Officer Commanding the 29th Brigade RFA wrote "he was such a good lad,
and had the making of a most capable officer, and he will be greatly
missed", and the Officer Commanding 127th battery "I am sure if your
boy had lived he would have made a very good soldier; he was very keen
and had plenty of pluck" [De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour].
card: øVictoria, British RFA
Off 132 p.188
15 star RFA Off 132 p. 17DIVX/2164 d/21.4.21 NW/7/84443
for medals 8/3/21 [mother] Mrs
HL Pigott New Brockenhurst. [Ancestry.com]
family information: Son
of Lt. Col. Wellesley Pigott, O.B.E. (The Rifle Brigade) and Helen, of
The Weirs Cottage, Brockenhurst, Hants. Educated at West Downs (near Winchester); WellingtonCollege, Berks and
R.M.A., Woolwich. Born at Pilgrims Hatch, Essex.[Ancestry.com]
Gerald Pigott, age 4 born South Weald, living with his mother Helen
(aged 38, born Dublin, Ireland) at Blackmore
House, Lt. Col. Pigott absent.
Student at WellingtonCollege,
Gerald’s death his father, Wellesley G Pigott, related to
Revd. Edward Reeve (Rector of Stondon Massey) that the War Office could
not allow his son's body to be brought home for burial in Doddinghurst
memorial service was held instead on 21st May 1915 with Revd.
Adams (Doddinghurst Rector) and Revd. Reeve officiating.He is buried at BailleulCommunalCemetery (Nord).
expect that you have heard that Gerald has died of his wounds in Flanders.We had hoped to have been
allowed to bring his body home and lay it to rest in Doddinghurst
Churchyard but we hear from the War Office that as he died in the zone
that this is not allowed so we must let him rest where he is at present.We are having a memorial
service on Friday at in DoddinghurstChurch and we both
much hope that you will take part in the service. I have mentioned this
to Mr Adams and he fully concurs and asks me to write to you.
sincerely Wellesley G Pigott
further letter, black edged, was sent to the Rector of Stondon Massey.
you so much for your very kind letter which we both appreciate very
much. We also wish to thank you for taking part in the service
yesterday and for helping to make it such a beautiful service as it was.I have attended many
services that have been beautifully rendered but I don’t
think I ever was present at one that was so much what one would have
wished from every point of view and one felt that every one in the
Church was there from a sense of real affection for him.
have had full details of his last hours, he was struck in the head by a
shell bursting just above him and was rendered unconscious at once and
remained so until his death 21 hours after so we have the great
consolation of knowing that he never suffered and never even knew that
he had been hit. The doctors say that had his life been spared he would
probably have been blind for life and very likely his brain permanently
injured as well so it is much best as it is.
renewed thanks from us both.
very sincerely Wellesley G Pigott [ERO T/P 188/3]
Pigott’s photograph appeared in Essex County Chronicle, 21st
May 1915, under the
heading “Essex Black Week: Sad Losses: Photographs. First
Battalion Essex Regiment
was described as “Only child of Col. and Mrs.
Wellesley Pigott. Blackmore House, killed in action.”