ID: OOD_304 / Edwin Sparrow

TitleCharles Henry Sargeant
AbstractWW2 Memorial Profiles for Rowhedge

Charles Henry Sargeant
Company Sergeant Major Service No. 7031
Rifle Brigade and subsequently Essex Home Guard

Age 59
Died 13 October 1940 after a short illness
Buried Donyland Burial Ground New Section

Charles served in the Rifle Brigade in the First World War and served 21 years in all in the Army. During World War 2, he was Second in Command of the local company of the Home Guard. He was the licensee of the White Lion Hotel. The funeral took place on Wednesday 16th October 1940 at the new section of the Donyland Burial Ground following a Service at Saint Lawrence's, Rowhedge. His coffin was draped in the Union Flag and conveyed on a gun carriage. The Home Guard provided a Guard of Honour at the service & graveside. A cavalry unit provided the trumpeter & the firing party.

The White Lion Hotel Rowhedge at the corner of Regent & High Streets
Photograph from "Rowhedge Recollections"

Defence Medal

WW1 Star, WW1 War Medal, WW1 Allied Victory Medal, Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, WW2 Defence Medal

His medals for WW1 are listed at the PRO Kew in 1914-1920 Catalogue reference WO 372/17. As a member of the "Old Contemptibles", he would have earned the Mons Star, also War Medal & Victory Medal from WW1, the Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medal & the Defence Medal from WW2.
He is not listed in the 1901 Census, while younger members of the family residing in Fingringhoe are shown & may well have been overseas possibly in South Africa.

The article above is from the Memorial Profile for Charles Sargeant, written by Edwin Sparrow. It is similar to the section in On Our Doorstep.

AuthorEdwin Sparrow
SourceMersea Museum