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Name Frederick William Parsons
Date/Place of Birth 27 Mar 1889 / 16 Gee St, St Pancras, London
Parents' Names Samuel Parson; Mary Jane (nee Challis)
Father's Occupation/Location Labourer; Plaistow
Father's Death/Incapacity Exhaustion/ General Paralysis
Admitted to AO 20 Aug 1897 (Aged 8)
Admission No
Left OWS&AO 7 Apr 1903 (Aged 14)
Occupation/Residence Assay Office Officer; 36 Eastwood St, Streatham
Enlistment Location London
Service/Rank/Number Army; Sgt; 3172
Battalion/Regiment 1st/9th County of London Battalion, London Regt
Killed/Death 1 Jul 1916 (Aged 27)
Country/Memorial/Cemetry France; Thiepval Memorial
Memorial Reference Pier and Face 9C
Campaign Medals Victory Medal; British War Medal
   
Frederick William was born on 27 March 1889 to Samuel and Mary Parsons at St. Pancras in London. After his father died in 1896, Frederick was admitted to the Orphan Working School on 20 August 1897. He left School in April 1903, when he was fourteen. The 1911 Census shows Frederick living in Streatham with his mother and two younger brothers, and working as an Assay Office Officer. He volunteered for military service, joined 1/9th (County of London) Battalion (Queen Victoria’s Rifles), London Regiment, and went to serve on the Western Front on 18 August 1915. Sergeant Parsons was killed in action on 1 July 1916. His body was not recovered from the battlefield and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, between Albert and Bapaume, in France, together with 72,000 other soldiers who died in the Battle of the Somme, between July and November 1916, and who have no known grave. At the time of Sergeant Parsons death his mother was living at 36 Eastwood Road, Streatham, Surrey. [Note: The OWS Roll of Honour board lists ‘ Parsons, W’. The name Walter Parsons is read out at each Remembrance Day service. The only relevant Parsons in the OWS admissions registers covering the period is Frederick William Parsons. OWS Annual Reports show that Frederick William was one of three siblings when his father died. The OWS return for the 1901 Census lists Frederick William. The 1911 census lists a Mary Jane Parsons (no husband) living with her three children, one of whom is named Frederick]
   
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