John Thomas Pigg

First Name: 
John
Middle Name: 
Thomas
Last Name: 
Pigg
Mother's Name: 
Frances
Father's Name: 
Thomas Pigg
Date Enlisted: 
Saturday, September 18, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
13th Battalion / 45th Battalion
Company: 
B
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Thursday, June 7, 1917
Place of Death: 
Messines Ridge Belgium
Cause of Death: 
KIA
Details: 

Private John Pigg (Service no: 4270) was born in Durham England in about 1874. He left England and travelled to Australia in 1914 and gained employment at the Mount Kembla mine. He travelled to Australia as a single man, but had a wife named Priscilla and 6 children who remained in England.

He nominated his brother Joseph Pigg of Mount Kembla as his next of kin on his enlistment papers and stated he was separated from his wife. He enlisted in the AIF on 18th September, 1915 and embarked on HMAT A60 Aeneas on 30th December, 1915 with 13th Reinforcements 13th Battalion.

He arrived in Egypt and was transferred to B Company 45th Battalion and saw service with them on the Western Front.

On 29th April, 1917 he made a will leaving everything to his 6 children. His wife was awarded his pension.

On 7th June 1917 he was killed in action. His Battalion was involved in very heavy fighting at an area known as Stinking Farm near Hill 63 Messines Ridge Belgium.

He has no known grave and is remembered on Panel 27 on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, PIGG JOHN THOMAS

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