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Thomas PIGOTT British Army in India
« on: Monday 18 February 19 13:58 GMT (UK) »
I am trying to trace information on Thomas Pigott, Sgt 2nd Battalion, 9th Regiment, British Army in India.
If possible i would like to find Regimental Diaries or any other records which will confirm the Regiments location in 1877 & whether they were involved in any campaigns or military action at this time.
This is to investigate if an old family story is true, that his son Frederick was born in 1877 in a covered wagon during a retreat from Rawalpindi.
Thanks for your help.

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Re: Thomas PIGOTT British Army in India
« Reply #1 on: Monday 18 February 19 14:07 GMT (UK) »
The official "Stations of the British Army" published monthly has 2nd Battalion (9th Regiment of Foot stationed in Bengal throughout 1877.

 Frederick Pigott, father in the 9th, Rawalpindi 1877 - army births register.

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Re: Thomas PIGOTT British Army in India
« Reply #2 on: Monday 18 February 19 14:15 GMT (UK) »
Frederick was certainly baptised in Rawalpindi on May 23rd 1877, having been born on April 29th.
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Re: Thomas PIGOTT British Army in India
« Reply #3 on: Monday 18 February 19 14:21 GMT (UK) »
It appears that 2nd Battalion of the 9th Regiment was based in Rawalpindi through the first half  of 1877, moving to Peshawar towards the end of the year.

It is possible that Thomas & family were in transit from an out station to Rawalpindi at the time of Frederick's birth.

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Re: Thomas PIGOTT British Army in India
« Reply #4 on: Monday 18 February 19 14:23 GMT (UK) »
See this earlier thread for details of the Jowaki campaign:

https://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=527561.0

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Re: Thomas PIGOTT British Army in India
« Reply #5 on: Monday 18 February 19 14:26 GMT (UK) »
Hi MaxD

Thanks for your reply , that is really helpful.

The 2nd Afghan war started in 1878, do you happen to know if the Regiment took part in that?

Thomas was born in Carlisle about 1839, & his son Frederick was born in Rawalpindi in 1877. We have a copy of the birth certificate from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

It's interesting to see where his other children were born: Simonstown, Cork, & Gorleston Suffolk.

Since one child was born in Suffolk I am guessing that Thomas was part of the Suffolk Regiment.

Thanks again for your help

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Re: Thomas PIGOTT British Army in India
« Reply #6 on: Monday 18 February 19 14:36 GMT (UK) »
Hi ShaunJ

Thanks for your replies.

Your suggestion of the family being moved from an out station to Rawalpindi has named the old family story I think.

With the Regiment moving to Peshawar towards the end of 1877 I wonder if this was part of a bid up to the 2nd Afghan war.

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Re: Thomas PIGOTT British Army in India
« Reply #7 on: Monday 18 February 19 14:48 GMT (UK) »
http://www.garenewing.co.uk/angloafghanwar/waroffice/regiments.php

The link suggests so.

The regiment was the East Norfolks

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Re: Thomas PIGOTT British Army in India
« Reply #8 on: Monday 18 February 19 15:25 GMT (UK) »
Thanks again MaxD

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