Lance Corporal Ernest Sargeant

Thanks to Simon Jervis for this research.

Ernest Sargeant. 8421, L/Cpl, 1st Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. KiA 30th October 1914, age 26. Son of Samuel and Lucy Sargeant, of 5, Hampstead Road, Dorking. Born at Kilburn, Middlesex and enlisted at Stratford, Essex; residing at Dorking. Ernest Sargeant is buried Strand Military Cemetery, Ploegsteert Wood, Belgium.

21st October 1914. B Coy remained in the line between Wez Macquart and Porte Egale whilst the rest of the battalion moved via Armentieres to Ploegsteert Wood then taking part in an attack on Le Gheer. Advanced at 8.30am through Ploegsteert Wood and engaged German patrol on southern edge. Enemy withdrew to positions across the Ploegsteert Road which was then attacked by a party led by Lieutenant Hughes. Regimental records note that the enemy almost immediately surrendered, one man however firing at and killing Lieutenant Hughes. B Coy rejoined and trenches held around Le Gheer. Several German counter attacks all defeated by rifle and accurate artillery fire, C and D Coys moved back into reserve at Ploegsteert on the 25th October. D returning to support line on the 28th. C Coy taking over trenches running from the Le Touquet crossroads to the Warnave Brooke on the 30th.

Born                            Kilburn, Middlesex
Lived                           Dorking

Son of                          Samuel and Lucy Sargeant of 5 Hampstead Road, Dorking

Enlisted                       Stratford, Essex

Regiment                     1st Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment
Number                       8421

Date of Death              30th October 1914
Place of Death             Flanders
Cause of Death           Killed in Action at Ploegsteert Wood

Age                              26

Cemetery                    Strand Military Cemetery, Ploegsteert Wood, Belgium