The Collection of Medals formed by the late John Darwent

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Date of Auction: 2nd April 2004

Sold for £1,400

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,500

Military General Service 1793-1814, 1 clasp, Sahagun & Benevente (William Piggott, 7th Light Dragoons) edge bruising, otherwise nearly extremely fine £1200-1500

Footnote

Ex Chadwick collection 1912 and Muirhead collection 1950.

William Piggott was born at Saxfield, near Ipswich, Suffolk, circa 1788, and enlisted on 8 April 1804 for a bounty of £7-13-6. He served on the expedition to Spain under Sir John Moore and was present at the cavalry actions of Sahagun and Benevente, and the subsequent retreat to Corunna. He afterwards served in the United Kingdom until he was discharged on 8 August 1814. William Piggott re-enlisted into the 43rd Regiment of Foot on 27 April 1815, and served with the 2nd Battalion until 28 January 1817, when he was again discharged on reduction of the regiment. On the following day he re-enlisted into the 69th Foot at Plymouth and served until 21 December 1824, when he was discharged to pension. Sold with copy discharge papers.