Indian Mutiny Medal 1857-1858, 2 Clasps: Relief of Lucknow, Lucknow, JAS PIGOTT 93RD HIGHLANDERS
Top: "The Relief of Lucknow" by Ernest Ibbetson
Left: The 93rd breaching the wall at Begum Kothi
Below: The 93rd Highlanders entering the breach at the storming of the Secundra Bagh, Lucknow, 16 November 1857. Watercolour by Orlando Norie, National Army Museum Copyright
When he enlisted on February 2, 1855, James Pigott was given regimental number 3500. This of course means that he joined too late to have participated in the famous "Thin Red Line" at Balaclava in October 1854 but no doubt he was serving shoulder to shoulder for several years in India with many of those who had fended off the Russian Cavalry charge.
Very few British Regiments can claim to have been as involved in the Mutiny as the 93rd and indeed it was a hard won medal. No less than 6 men from the regiment earned the VC for actions leading up to the Relief of Lucknow. Piggot is shown on the Lucknow Prize Roll as being on No. 1 Company.
Pigott died from an apoplexy from the effects of intemperance. He died and was buried at Umballa on December 27th 1859 . The record of burial states that he was aged 28.