Albert Sargent (1891 – 1919) lived at 3 Manor Court when he was enrolled at North School, moved to 7 Manor Court by 1901 and was living at 2 Short Cut Street in 1911 when he had a job as a plumber’s mate.
On 25th December 1914 Albert married Ellen Smith at St Peter’s Church in Colchester. Their son, Victor A was born on 20th January 1916. He was 3 years old when Albert died.
Albert first served with the Essex Regiment and then the Northamptonshire Regiment. He died of sickness in Calais in January 1919, after the armistice of November 1918. Calais was the location of a base supply depot from 1915 and a number of hospitals, both of which remained in use until all forces left in 1921.
Albert is buried in Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Sangatte where his headstone reads “In loving remembrance of my dear husband gone but not forgotten”. He is also remembered on the roll of honour at St Peter’s Church on North Hill.
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837-1915
St Peter’s Parish Magazine
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920