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John E L Sarjeant (1933-1940), died in October aged 94

Monday, 19 November, 2018 -- joe

Colin Bishop writes:

John Sarjeant was born in China in July 1924. At the start of the Second World War, the family was living in Bromley.

John served in the RAF Volunteer Reserve and was promoted to Leading Craftsman in September 1944. Subsequently, he served in the RAF and was appointed as a Flying Officer in March 1950.

He married Jean in 1949 and they had a son, Tony, who was also educated at Eltham College.

John was a keen cricketer and played regularly for the Old Boys for more than 20 years. He was a fine batsman, a highly competent offspin bowler and a good slip fielder.

He was also a fine bridge player winning numerous Kent County events and National Competitions. John was honoured with being the non playing captain of the England Junior Camrose Team in 1972,1973 and 1974. Also, he was made non playing captain of the full England Camrose Team in 1972 and 1973.

John worked as a Lloyds Underwriter in The City of London. When he retired, he and his second wife Valerie moved to Spain and after a short while relocated to New Zealand to be near John's brother who was in poor health. They returned to England in 2016 and John passed away in a local Hospice after a long illness.

John was a great dog lover and throughout the 1960's, he had a gorgeous Alsatian girl called Rixi who he always brought to cricket at Foxbury with him.


If you would like to attend John's funeral or wake, please contact tonysarjeant@hotmail.com

John's funeral will be held on Friday 30 November, 11.00am at:
Hastings Crematorium, The Ridge, Hastings, TN34 2AE

And afterwards at: Queens Head Hotel, Sedlescombe