Thursday, 18 September 2008

Blackmore: Remembering ... Gerald Wellesley Piggott

2nd Lieutenant Gerald Wellesley Pigott lived at Blackmore House, Hook End. He served in the 127th Battery, Royal Field Artillery and was killed in action in the second battle for Ypres. 14th May 1915, Aged 18. His father, Wellesley G Pigott, related in a letter to Revd. Reeve that the War Office could not allow his body to be brought home and laid to rest in Doddinghurst churchyard. A memorial service was held instead on 21st May 1915 with Rev. Adams (Doddinghurst rector) and Reeve taking part.

His name heads the list on the War Memorials at both Blackmore and Doddinghurst. He is also commemorated on Blackmore’s War Memorial window.

The ‘Commonwealth War Graves Commission’ includes the following citation:

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