ARGENT, Richard John [M.M.]

No.201470, Sergeant, Richard John ARGENT M.M.
Aged 30

2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
formerly 4367, Suffolk Regiment
Died of his Wounds on 27th September 1918

Richard John ARGENT was born in Ixworth (2nd qtr 1886 Thingoe 4a:702) son of William and Mary ARGENT(née SMITH). Problem here is sister Annie's birth is not on GRO, brother 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 2, he was at High Street, Ixworth with his father William ARGENT [30] ostler, born Ousden; his mother Mary [26] ; sister Annie [6]; George W [5]. All except his father were born in Ixworth

1901 census...Aged 12, 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 George W [13], William [4] and Arthur [11 months] The new siblings all born in Ixworth.

1911 census...Aged 22, a shop assistant, he was still in Ixworth at Stowmarket Road, with his widowed mother; 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. His father had died in 1907. His sister Annie, (Mrs Pearson) became his legatee

His brother George William died earlier that year in France see here

He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds.
On the 27th the battalion attacked and crossed the Canal du Nord and went on to capture Flesquieres 1 officer killed, 2 died of wounds and 4 wounded, other ranks 12 killed 2 gassed 132 wounded 10 missing

photo CWGC

Richard Argent is buried in Lowrie Cemetery, Havrincourt, France G:12

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