Service Number 68348
Battalion 164 'P' Company
Regiment Royal Defence Corps
On the 18th October 1918, The Wetherby News published a short item:
Despite numerous searches we had been unable to identify the record of this man connected with Collingham. However I recently found a link via http://parishes.lincolnshire.gov.uk/Scotter/section.asp?docId=58761. This provided much information on a pair of brothers, James 'Jim' and John William 'Jack' Sargent. It also provided the much needed link to Collingham, as it noted that 'John William Sargent moved after the war to live with his family in Collingham, Yorkshire. We thank the authors of the above web site for much of the following information.
John William 'Jack' Sargent, was born on the 20th February 1889 in Scotterthorpe, Lincolnshire, the son of Henry (a farm labourer from Tetney) and Sarah (nee Bird of Ulceby). Jack was aged only 7 when his mother died in 1896, aged just 29.
Jack became a collier.
He enlisted at Gainsborough on 15th January 1915 and was sent to Lincoln camp. He moved to Swanick in February and Whittington in April. His unit, 6th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment were sent to the Balkans, arriving on the 22nd September 1915.
Around a year later, on 17th September 1916, Jack suffered a gun shot wound to the left wrist and he was hospitalised until the 27th January 1917. His medical report stated:-
'...considerable loss (of) grip, unable to clench fist tightly... limited movement joints'
At some point Jack was transferred to the Royal Defence Corps and served as an Acting Lance Corporal in 164 'P' Company.
He was discharged from the Army on the 21st June 1918 as a result of these wounds and he received The Silver War Badge (429813).
Jack married Elizabeth A. ('Cissy') Graham at Flimby near Maryport, Cumbria, and later moved with his family to live at Collingham near Wetherby. He died in 1968 aged 78.
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