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Second Lieutenant HARDY FALCONER PARSONS

Regiment & Unit/Ship

Gloucestershire Regiment

1st/2nd Bn. attd. 14th Bn.

Date of Death

Died 21 August 1917

Age 20 years old

Buried or commemorated at

VILLERS-FAUCON COMMUNAL CEMETERY

A. 16.

France

  • Country of Service United Kingdom
  • Awards Victoria Cross
  • Additional Info Son of the Rev. and Mrs. J. Ash Parsons, of Leysian Mission, City Rd., London. Educated at Kingswood School, Bath. Medical Student at Bristol University, preparing for Medical Missionary Work.
  • Personal Inscription SON OF REV.& MRS. ASH PARSONS TO LIVE WAS CHRIST TO DIE, GAIN
  • Additional Citation note

    An extract from "The London Gazette," dated 17th Oct., 1917, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery during a night attack by a strong party of the enemy on a bombing post held by his command. The bombers holding the block were forced back, but Second Lieutenant Parsons remained at his post, and, single-handed, and although severely scorched and burnt by liquid fire, he continued to hold up the enemy with bombs until severely wounded. This very gallant act of self-sacrifice and devotion to duty undoubtedly delayed the enemy long enough to allow of the organisation of a bombing party, which succeeded in driving back the enemy before they could enter any portion of the trenches. The gallant officer succumbed to his wounds."

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