Gunner 101293 Arthur Victor Sargent

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Photo courtesy of Brendon Clemesha

Killed in Action on Tuesday, 31st July 1917, age 20.
Buried in Grave III. C. 2. at Reninghelst New Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Royal Field Artillery, 298th Brigade, "C" Battery.

Youngest son of John Henry and Nancy Sargent, of 5, Owen St., Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Tipton, Resident: Unknown.

First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library, and St. Matthew's memorials.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/153033/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
33 Aston Street, Tipton, Staffs.
John Henry Sargent (40, Stocktaker at Iron Works, born Tipton), his wife Nancy (41, born Darlaston), and their 6 children: James W. (18, School Teacher, born Tipton), Albert (16, Clerk, born Tipton), Samuel (13, Errand Boy, born Tipton), Dorothy (9, born Tipton), Mary Elizabeth (7, born Tipton), and Arthur V. (4, born Tipton).

1911 Census
18 Sedgley Road West, Tipton, Staffs.
John Henry Sargent (50, Pig Iron Weigher-in, born Tipton), his wife Nancy (51, born Darlaston), and 3 of their 6 surviving children of 11: Samuel (23, Pig Iron Weigher-in, born Tipton), Elizabeth (17, born Tipton), and Arthur Victor (14, Office Boy for G.W.R., born Tipton).

Personal Data

Arthur rests in esteemed company; he is buried next to Lt. Colonel H.M. Hope-Johnstone M.C., 12th Royal Fusiliers.

After Arthur's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £3/3/10d (3 pounds, 3 shillings and 10 pence); this was paid to his mother and sole legatee, Nancy, in November 1917. His War Gratuity was £8/0/0d (8 pounds exactly), this was also paid to his mother in October 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Arthur had enlisted in approximately October 1915.

Action resulting in his death

The 298th Brigade RFA was originally a Howitzer Battery attached to the 59th (2nd North Midlands) Division. The 298th became an Army Brigade on 4 April 1917, after arriving in France, and so was attached at an Army level rather than at Corps or Divisional level.

31st July 1917 was the first day of the 3rd Battle of Ypres with the atack on the Pilckem Ridge. Arthur is buried ar Reninghelst near Poperinge, this is about 8 miles south west of Pilckem, and suggests that his battery could have been hit by counter-battery fire.

Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald September 1st 1917
We regret to announce that Private Arthur Victor Sargent, youngest son of Mr and Mrs J.H. Sargent, of Sedgley Road West, Tipton, was killed in action in France on July 31st 1917. He enlisted in the R.F.A. in October 1915, and was engaged in the Irish Rebellion, being sent to France about five months ago. His parents have received letters from comrades which show how popular he was in the Battery. The Chaplain who conducted the burial service also wrote to say that he had been buried with military honours.
Prior to enlisting, Private Sargent was employed in the offices at Messrs J & C Holcroft Ltd., Dudley Port, and was a scholar in Park Lane West Wesleyan Sunday School. Out of respect to the family, a memorial service was held in Dudley Port Wesleyan Chapel, where his father holds the office of society and chapel steward. The service was conducted by the Rev. D. Huddleston. Private Sargent was only 20 years of age. His eldest brother (as assistant master under the Tipton Education Committee) is serving with the colours in India, while another brother is in training.
Roll of Honour.
SARGENT.- Killed in action, July 31st, Arthur Victor, youngest son of J.H. & N. Sargent, Sedgley Road West, Tipton. Aged 20 years.
Mr and Mrs J.H. Sargent wish to thank their many friends for expressions of sympathy during their sad bereavement.

NB Tipton Herald September 1917 says of Sedgley Road West, CWGC says Owen Street (this could be difference of 1917 to 1920's).

Tipton Herald August 3rd 1918
In Memoriam.
SARGENT - Gunner Arthur Victor Sargent of Tipton, killed in action in France July 31st 1917. Deeply mourned by his mother and father, brothers Will, Albert and Sam and sisters Dorothy and Lizzie. "Our loved one is not lost forever, he has only crossed the river before us."