Sad news reached the island this week of Sergeant Charles Laugeard’s death in action. The decorated and highly respected Jersey Contingent member died on 2 October of wounds received while fighting near the Belgium city of Ypres.
The death is especially tragic given his recent marriage to Lilian Mason. She has already experienced the loss of one husband, Walter Mason being killed in action in May 1917 while serving as a gunner in the Royal Garrison Artillery. Lillian went on to marry Sergeant Laugeard at the end of 1917. With the news of his death, Mrs Laugeard has become a war widow for the second time.
Both Gunner Mason and Sergeant Laugeard were serving as paid police officers in Jersey before the war, and were therefore well acquainted. Sergeant Laugeard left Jersey in March 1915 with the Jersey Contingent and served at the front with that unit. He received a divisional parchment for bravery in August 1916, then won the Distinguished Conduct Medal fighting on the Somme in September that year. After being wounded, he had been serving in the UK as an army instructor for a while, but recently returned to active service.
G/C/16/A2/2/625 contains the marriage register of All Saints Church which include an entry for Charles Laugeard and Lilian Mason.