Leonard Piggott

43206, Private, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. (Formerly 26846 Bedfordshire Regiment)

Killed In Action on the 10th November 1916 aged 30.

Leonard was born on the 23rd September 1886, the son of Joseph & Elizabeth Piggott of Ditchmore Common, Stevenage. The 1911 Census shows him as a Coach Painters Labourer by trade, living with his parents.

On the 10th November 1916 the Battalion were in positions near the village of Ovilliers. A pile of grenades had been left by a previous regiment in a connecting shelter between two dugouts. One of the grenades detonated causing the whole pile to explode and two men were killed instantly, one of whom was Leonard Piggott. The explosion wounded a further five men, one of whom was to die from his injuries.

The others who died that day were:

  • Private John George GOLDING MM
  • Private Harold LILLEYMAN

Leonard is buried in the Courcelette British Cemetery, France. (1.B.22.)

Headstone Inscription: "In The Midst Of Life We Are In Death"

Medal Entitlement: British War Medal & Victory Medal.


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