ARGENT, George William

No.241725, Lance Coporal, George William ARGENT
Aged 30

1st/5th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment
Died of his Wounds on 12th May 1918

George William ARGENT was born in Ixworth (2nd qtr 1886 Thingoe 4a:702) son of William and Mary ARGENT(née ROGERS). Problem here is sister Annie's birth is not on GRO,George on GRO has mother née ROGERS and father's only marriage found is to Mary ROGERS but all the siblings from Richard onwards GRO have SMITH as mother's maiden name. No Smith-Argent marriage has been found

1891 census...Aged 5, he was at High Street, Ixworth with his father William ARGENT [30] ostler, born Ousden; his mother Mary [26] ; sister Annie [6]; brother Richard J [2]. All except his father were born in Ixworth

1901 census...Aged 13, he was at Stow Lane, Ixworth with his parents, father now horseclipper/groom, recorded as born Wickhambrook; sisters Annie, Jessie [9]and Edith [7]; brothers John (Richard), William [4] and Arthur [11 months] The new siblings all born in Ixworth.

1911 census...Aged 25, a grocer's assistant, he was at 10 Market Place, Southwold working for Stephen REYNOLDS, grocer/draper. His father had died in 1907. His mother was still in Ixworth with his brothers John, William and Bertie [7] and sister Edith and May [9] His mother had lost 3 of her 11 children, she died in 1914.

He married Violet Mary STEEL [22-3-1890] in 1916, later of 23 Westgate Road, Bury St.Edmunds (pension card has Southgate Street).

His brother Richard John died later that year in France see here

He enlisted in Thetford.
On 12th May 1918 they were at GORRE CHATEAU, fine weather, quiet day, communication trench started from right Coy to junction with 55th Division. 1 man died of wounds (George ?) and 4 gassed by odd shell.

photo CWGC

George Argent is buried in Fouquieres Churchyard Extension L:83

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