Victor and Robert Sargeant
DescriptionJohn and Martha Sargeant were originally from Bracknell and had 14 children, 7 sons and 7 daughters. Victor was the 9th (born in 1887) and Robert the 12th (born on the 14th of September 1891). The family lived at 6 Shute End and John became a successful solicitor and a local dignitary. Five of the sons emigrated to Canada before the war, including both Victor and Robert, who sailed together from Liverpool on the 4th of March 1910. All seven of the sons volunteered to serve when War came, and five were accepted. Two of their daughters also volunteered and worked in Calais as carpenters.
Victor volunteered in Canada, where he had settled down as a farmer, and joined the Saskatchewan Regiment. He arrived in England in 1916 and was wounded at Vimy Ridge. By coincidence, he was sent to Bear Wood House to recover from his wounds, which must have been a joy to his family. He was awarded the Military Medal. As the Allies pursued the retreating Germans near the end of the War, Victor’s Company was held up by German machine guns near Valenciennes. He was wounded in the same action that won Sgt Hugh Cairns the last Canadian VC of the War. Both died in hospital the next day and are buried beside each other. Victor died at the age of 31 on the 2nd of November 1918, nine days before the Armistice.
Robert had returned from Canada before the War and joined the Royal Garrison Artillery in Gosport within weeks of the declaration of War. After six months of training, he fell seriously ill with a fever and died of meningitis in hospital on the 28th of February 1915. He was 23 when he died, and he is buried in the Churchyard at St Michael and St Mary Magdalene, Easthampstead.
“Victor and Robert Sargeant,” Wokingham's Virtual Museum, accessed August 12, 2020, https://wokingham-tc.gov.uk/museum/document/WTH0401.
d. 2nd November 1918
Robert ‘Robin’ Sargeant
d. 28th February 1915