Second LieutenantPARSONS, HARDY FALCONER

Died 21/08/1917

Aged 20

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

V C

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.

Inscription

SON OF REV.& MRS. ASH PARSONS TO LIVE WAS CHRIST TO DIE, GAIN

Citation

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."

Buried at VILLERS-FAUCON COMMUNAL CEMETERY

Location: Somme, France
Number of casualties: 303

Cemetery/memorial reference: A. 16.


Cemetery details

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