8 August 1918 : Pvt Edward B Sargent, Company L, 3rd Battalion 105th Infantry Regiment

Edward was a pre-war member of the 71st New York Infantry and served with the regiment along the Mexican border.

Shortly after returning from Mexican border service the 71st New York Infantry was recalled to active service when the United States declared war on Germany.

After training at Camp Wadsworth, South Carolina with his regiment (now designated 105th Infantry Regiment), Edward shipped out for France aboard the U.S.S. President Grant on 17 May 1918.

Upon arriving in France, the 105th Infantry, along with the other regiments of the 27th Division, began intensive combat training under British supervision. On 30 June the 27th Division was ordered to move to the Ypres salient in Belgium.

On 9 July the division organised to defend a portion of the East Poperinghe Line in the Dickebusch Lake area. (2)

Company L, 3rd Bn 105th Infantry entered front line service on 26 July 1918 along the East Poperingle Line in support of the British 16th Brigade.

Between 27 July and 1 August the 27th Division diary reported that the 105th Infantry was under steady enemy artillery fire and harassing aircraft. (3)

During Company L’s first turn in the trenches Captain Charles H Scott noted Edward’s energy, efficiency, and bravery.

On the evening of 1 August Edward unflinchingly stood gas sentry outside the company headquarters dugout while exposed to terrific enemy artillery and machine-gun bombardment. (4)

During the evening of 2 August the 3rd Bn 105th Infantry made preparations for relief by the 9th Norfolk Regiment. On 3 August the battalion moved to rest billets atTrappist Farm. Captain Scott recorded that while at Trappist Farm he and his Soldiers were still subject to occasional enemy bombing raids and long range artillery fire.

Captain Scott recounts that ‘(o)ne night ….word was brought that Private Sargent had been wounded; Lieutenants Carlin and Scott hurried over to the Aid Station nearby but he had been removed to a hospital before they arrived; later he died from his wound’. (5)

Private Edward B Sargent died of his wounds on August 8, 1918 and was initially buried in Esquelbecq Military Cemetery, France. Post-war Edward’s remains were reinterred in the Somme American Cemetery: Plot A, Row 10, Grave 6. (6)

8 August 1918 died of his wounds

 

Research by LTC (Ret.) Brian J. Murphy

 

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(1) 'The Field of Honor: Americans Given Their Lives in The Great War', New York Tribune, 19 January 1919, [https://www.newspapers.com/image/79047507/?terms=Edward%2BSargent%2B105th%2BInfantry], (accessed 20 July 2015)

(2) 27th Division Summary of Operations In The World War (Washington, DC, American Battle Monuments Commission), 4.

(3) John F. O’Ryan, The Story of the 27th Division, Vol II. (New York, New York, Wynkoop Hallenbeck Crawford Co., 1921), 762 - 766.

(4) Charles H Scott 'The Story of Company L – 105th Infantry: Spartanburg to Handifort,' 71st New York in the World War, compiled by Robert Stewart Sutliffe (Privately published), 233.

(5) Ibid, 238.

(6) 'Edward Sargent', The American Battle Monuments Commission, [http://www.abmc.gov/node/347504#. V5zN-o76ucw] (accessed 20 July 2015)