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Haribo Report 22 Sep 2013 18:58

Hi, I would very much appreciate an Army Record look up for my great Uncle. Maurice Piggott from Waterford Ireland. Thanks.


Porkie_Pie Report 22 Sep 2013 19:18

Just for info his medal card from the natonal archives web site,

WO 372/16/6021
Medal card of Piggott, Maurice
CorpsRegiment NoRank
Royal Irish Regiment 173 Private
Labour Corps 430968 Private
Date: 1914-1920
Held by: The National Archives, Kew

Sorry don't have ancestry but their are two entries under his name for his service records



Haribo Report 22 Sep 2013 19:26

Thanks so much for this Roy, just one more please if you dont mind.

Michael Cremin/Cremen WW1, Cork Ireland.


Kucinta Report 22 Sep 2013 19:52

Name: Maurice Piggott
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1884
Age at enlistment: 30
Birth Parish: Bally ??
Birth County: Waterford
Document Year: 1914
Regimental Number: 173
Regiment Name: Royal Irish Rgt
Number of images: 8

Born Bally Brack?? near Waterford. Enlisted at age 30, took oath at Clonmel 11th
Aug 1914.

Was an unmarried labourer, had previously served in armed forces 1st R I Regt

Discharged 21/3/18.

Hospital from which discharged or how otherwise situated: Unit Oswestry.


27 Barrick St Waterford Ireland.

Station: Nottingham.

Campaigns medals & decorations: Med Exp Force 1915

Tattoed M. P. right forearm.

5ft 5 3/4 in tall. Dk grey eyes, brown hair. Weight 122 lb. 37 1/2'' chest when fully expanded. Roman Catholic.

Discharged as no longer physically fit for war service.


Haribo Report 22 Sep 2013 20:05

Thank you for this info Kucinta, much appreciated. x


Kucinta Report 22 Sep 2013 20:14

Extra info on second record (a lot of pages were duplicates)

Name: Maurice Piggott
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1884
Age at enlistment: 30
Birth Parish: Bally B??
Birth County: Waterford
Document Year: 1914
Regimental Number: 173
Regiment Name: Durham LI
Number of images: 13

Child: Margaret born 21st January 1918 Waterford.

At some point (possibly 1916) there is a request to pay s. a. (separation allowance?) for a wife and child.

At one point his next of kin is given as sister Kate Figgett 29 Roman Terrace Waterford.
Brother Lawrence Figgott.

(EDIT: I think Figgett and Figgott are actually my misreading of Piggott )

Woman to whom married:

Fitzgerald (forename too faint to read) Waterford 8/5/16

There was a child(forename too faint to read) surname Fitzgerald, Waterford 8/6/15, then Margaret in 1918.

At Hall Camp Oswestry at time of discharge.


Kucinta Report 22 Sep 2013 20:17

Medal card:

Name: Maurice Piggott
Regiment or Corps: Royal Irish Regiment, Labour Corps
Regimental Number: 173, 430968

Victory medal, British Medal, 15 Star.

Theatre of war first served in : 2B

Date of entry therein: 22/7/15


Kucinta Report 22 Sep 2013 20:20

Likely marriage that tallies with the military record:

Name: Maurice Piggot
Date of Registration: Apr-May-Jun 1916
Registration District: Waterford
Volume: 4
Page Number: 377
FHL Film Number: 101263
Records on Page:
Maurice Piggot
Maurice Pigott
Thomas Roche
Mary Byrne
Margaret Walsh
Mary Burns
Ellen Butler
Mary Casey
William Murphy
Richard Kennedy
Mary Fitzgerald<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<


George_of_Westbury Report 22 Sep 2013 20:24

I wonder about this record ,maybe him, seeing he served previously in the 1st Battlion Royal Irish Regiment. Pity there are no other details

Boer War 1899-1902 - Soldier details
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Piggott, M


Soldier number:

1 Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment



Literary references:

Casualty details:

Prisoner - Released on 8 Jan 1901 at Monument Hill (Official casualty roll location: Belfast )

South African Field Force. JB Hayward & Sons

[2530: 2540-3004 not named] a hill, 1,951 m high, in the South African Republic (Belfast district; Mpumalanga), four kilometres north of Belfast railway station. During the simultaneous attacks on seven garrisons along the Pretoria-Komatipoort railway on 7 January 1901 organised by Asst Cmdt-Gen B.J. Viljoen, Asst Cmdt-Gen C.H. Müller was given the task of attacking the British defensive post on the hill. Manned by 83 men of the 1st The Royal Irish regiment under Capt F.L. Fosberry, the garrison was overwhelmed after a desperate fight in which Fosberry was one of the 40 men killed or wounded. Pte J. Barry, The Royal Irish regiment, was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry in rendering the post's maxim gun useless. The post was re-occupied by the British at dawn. HMG IV pp.37-39 and 703; Times IV p.123 (map facing p.126); Smith-Dorrien pp.266-269.



Kucinta Report 22 Sep 2013 20:24


Name: Michael Cremin
Regiment or Corps: Royal Garrison Artillery, Labour Corps
Regimental Number: 6013, 410101


Victory, British, 15 star.

Theatre of war first served in: France.

Date of entry therein: 7/10/15


Kucinta Report 22 Sep 2013 20:25


Name: Michael Cremen
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1884
Age at enlistment: 22
Birth Parish: St Annes
Birth County: Cork
Document Year: 1906
Regimental Number: 9347
Regiment Name: Royal Munster Fusiliers
Number of images: 9

Labourer born in parish of St Anne's, Cork.

Enlisted Cork, 3rd Sept 1906

Aged 22 yrs, 2 months on enlistment in Royal Irish Fusiliers.

5ft 4 1/2 in, 124 ib, 35 1/2 in chest. Fresh complexion, grey eyes, red hair.

Distinctive marks (can't make sense of this): round near outer side left 'skin', size of half crown.

Roman Catholic.


Kucinta Report 22 Sep 2013 20:42

Michael Cremen record details cont'd from 20:25 post

Transferred from Royal Ir Fus to R. F. A 30/04/08 (terms of service altered to 6 yrs with the colours and 6 yrs with Reserve)

Transfers to Royal Munster Fus 31/3/09. Terms of service altered to 7 yrs with the Colours and 5 with the reserves.

Embarked for United Kingdom 13/2/14.

Transferred to Army reserve 7/3/14

Enrolled 21 April 1914.

Posted 6/08/1914.

Prisoner of war Germany 27/08/14

Details of next of kin have been crossed through, but look to be father Michael and mother Ellen Cremen, of 10 Waggetts Lane Cork city.

Record says 14 star.


Kucinta Report 22 Sep 2013 21:02

The medal roll I posted for Michael Cremin, doen't tally with the record I posted for Michael Cremen.

I don't know if either man is yours.


Haribo Report 22 Sep 2013 21:39

Hi Kucinta, Michael Cremin is my one, not Cremen, had to laugh at the description 'head size of a half crown!' cant wait to share all this info about Piggott and Cremin with interested family members. Thanks again.


Kucinta Report 22 Sep 2013 22:40

Michael Cremen was born c 1884 Cork according to the military record, no knowing where Michael Crimin of the Royal Garrison Artillery, Labour Corps came from, so don't know how to tell if he is your man.

I posted both as you gave both spellings of the name, and didn't give an approximate birth year.


Haribo Report 22 Sep 2013 22:48

Michael Cremin Royal Garrison Artillary is my man, born 1889/1890. He was from Cork City. Anymore info on him would be great. Thanks Kucinta.


Kucinta Report 23 Sep 2013 12:18

Sorry, the medal roll index was all I could find for Michael Cremin.


Haribo Report 25 Sep 2013 19:23

Hi Kucinta or anybody else who could help me, do you know where else I could look to get more info on his Army record please.


Kucinta Report 25 Sep 2013 19:37

I think you're out of luck, and that his records are amongst those destroyed in WWII.

"The British Army World War One Service Records are War Office (WO) records also known as the WO363 records and the ‘Burnt Documents.’ In 1940 there was a World War Two bombing raid on the War Office in London where the records were held. During this raid, a large portion (approximately 60 per cent) of the 6.5 million records was destroyed by fire. The surviving service records have become known as the ‘Burnt Documents’."

There was no service record for him on Ancestry that I could find, and they claim :

"This database contains the surviving service records of non-commissioned officers and other ranks who served in WWI and did not re-enlist in the Army prior to World War II. With the final release, this database now contains the entire service records collection."


Haribo Report 25 Sep 2013 19:47

Very Informative, thanks so much for all this info.

Do you mind looking up a Albert Edward Wheatley for me please, looking on the CWG website I see there are several with this name, the one im looking for was married to a Catherine/Kate Mansfield, he was in the Victoria Barracks in Cork Eire, Thanks