Private Horace Piggott
25th Battalion, AIF
Service Number: 4750
Born: 1891 Bowral, NSW
Died: 14 November 1916, Flers, France
Horace Piggott was born at Bowral in 1891, the son of William and Eliza Piggott. The Piggott family lived on the York Estate when Horace was growing up. He attended Penrith Superior Public School and was a schoolmate of William Starling. Before enlisting Piggott worked as a dairyman.
Piggott enlisted on 8 October 1915 in Brisbane. At this time his parents were living at Eden Creek, Kyogle in northern NSW. His Unit embarked from Sydney on board RMS Mooltan on 2 April 1916.
After a bout of tonsillitis in August 1916 he was sent to France in September. On 14 November Piggott was reported missing. According to a fellow soldier he was killed in the attack on Gird Trench near Flers. Any man not accounted for was assumed killed and lying in ‘no man’s land’. By January 1917, he was officially reported killed in action. Piggott has no known grave.
In May 1917, the Nepean Times reported on his death stating ‘Australia mourns the loss of another valiant soldier of her nationhood, whose name and heroism will be ever inscribed on the tablets of her martial fame’.
- Honor Roll, Villers-Bretonneux, France
- Honor Roll, Penrith Superior Public School
- Honor Roll, Glenquarry Public School