WWI Snapshot: John Hilton Pigott 1895-1941

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John Hilton Pigott was born in Shallotte, NC, on November 12, 1895.

He was called to duty and inducted into the US Army on July 22, 1918, and trained at Camp Hancock, GA, according to the local board military records.

This is one of the photos displayed in Findagrave, and described as taken at Camp Hancock during his training.

Pvt Pigott served with the 45th Machine Gun Battalion of the 15th Division. The men were undergoing intensive training at Camp Logan, TX, when the war ended. He was honorably discharged on January 29, 1919.

This photo is also displayed in Findagrave. No date or description is given.

John’s life came to a tragic end when he was involved in an automobile accident near Fort Bragg. His death certificate shows that several complications caused his death. On December 19, 1940, he had open reduction surgery on his fractured left leg. Ten days before his death, he suffered from influenza, then ultimately lost his life from a coronary occlusion. His obituary is shown below.

John H. Pigott
Funeral rites for John H. Pigott, 46, who died Thursday afternoon in the Fayetteville Veterans’ hospital of injuries received in an automobile accident two months ago, will be held from the home in the Guide section of the county Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock.

The Rev. Phillip Parker will conduct the services. Burial will follow in the Old Zion cemetery.

Surviving are his widow, the former Miss Mollie Andrews, one son, Woodis Pigott, one daughter, Miss Pearline Pigott, all of Guide; two brothers, Lewis Pigott of Tabor City, and Lee Pigott of Shallotte.

The accident is said to have happened near Fort Bragg.
The Wilmington Morning Star [Wilmington, NC], 1 February 1941, p.2

He was laid to rest in Old Zion Cemetery in Columbus County, NC. No request for a military headstone was found and no military honors are shown.

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