George Sargent was a former pupil at North Primary School. He lived with his family, including his brother Albert who died in the war, at Manor Court and later on North Hill. George married Florence in 1912; they had a daughter Vera born in 1914, and another Ruby Florence Verdun born in 1916, who died in 1918. Ruby was named Verdun after the battle of Verdun fought between February and December 1916.
George signed up in 1915, first with the Suffolk’s, then, due to problems with his eye sight, with the Army Service Corps, with the Royal Artillery Medical Corps. In 1917 in France, he received a gunshot wound to the chest and right arm and was discharged. He was awarded the Silver War Badge which showed he had been injured. He continued to have medical check ups for several years after the end of the war including an examination in 1918, which reported that over a year since the injury “a fragment of metal can be felt lying on the rib”.
After the war he returned to his pre-war job as a painter.