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Serjeant or Sergeant?

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Steven Broomfield
1 hour ago, Uncle George said:

R. Money Barnes ... agrees with Jim Clay: .”

 

Wise man, Colonel Barnes.

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Uncle George
14 minutes ago, Steven Broomfield said:

 

Wise man, Colonel Barnes.

 

Major Barnes. An Honorary Major.  I did some research on the good Major which ended up on ‘Lives of the First World War’. So now it’s not accessible. 

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Steven Broomfield

Well, he should have been a Colonel.

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Muerrisch

Were he here, he might agree,

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OxonRfn
15 hours ago, Uncle George said:

R. Money Barnes, in his ‘A History of the Regiments and Uniforms of the British Army’ (1950), agrees with Jim Clay: “SERGEANT: From French Sergent, derived from Latin serviens = serving.”

Both Jim Clay and Barnes are perfectly correct. What seems to be overlooked is that exactly the same statement applies to the 'J' spelling; SERJEANT: From the French Serjant, derived from Latin serviens = serving. There are multiple recorded Old French spellings of sergeant including both Sergent and Serjant, with the same Etymology originating from the Latin Serviens.

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