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Walter Sargeant was born at Pickworth on 8 April 1887, the son of William Sargeant. He was married, and lived with his wife and young daughter at Ludbrooke in Lincolnshire. He was a policeman in Lincolnshire before the war and joined the Army from Ludbrooke on 18 August 1917. He enlisted as a motorcyclist in the Royal Engineers, but was later transferred into a special company. Walter went out to France on 1 November 1914, and was killed by a trench mortar bomb going off accidentally on 18 March 1918. George Phillips wrote: "In a letter of sympathy to the widow, Pioneer Sargeant's officer spoke very highly of his merits as a soldier and a comrade. The deceased's brother Frank Sargeant, of the Machine Gun Corps was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in Egypt." Walter was 30 years old and is buried in Chapelle British Cemetery, grave II.B.19, and is remembered on Pickworth's war memorial.

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5 images A picture of his headstone
By John Stokes on Sunday 30th November '14 at 7:04pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium
2 images Visited Chapelle cemetery in Honlon and paid respect to Pioneer Walter Sargeants grave, having seen his name on the plague in Pickworth church for many years, I eventually got to find where he is laid to rest.16/09/2018
By Will gilman on Saturday 15th September '18 at 10:56pm

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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