PARSONS, RAYMOND STERIKER
Service Branch; Royal Navy.
June 4th 1915, Able Seaman Joseph Murray of the Hood
Bn. wrote in his memoir (page 81); - Our trench was about five
feet deep. Commander Parsons was standing on one of the short
ladders that were provided to enable us to get over the parapet,
looking at his watch and then glancing at us beside him, with a
comforting smile on his face. “Five minutes to go men” then
another glance at us, - Four minutes—3 minutes – two minutes—one
minute, men, are you all ready? Come on then, men, follow me.
Over we went into the withering machine-gun fire. Poor old
Lieutenant- Commander Parsons was killed in the first second and
many fell back into the trench.
Unit; Hood Bn.
Rank; Lieutenant Commander.
Death Date; 4 June 1915.
Cause of Death; Killed in action.
Burial; Helles Memorial;
Service History; Lieutenant Commander RN
(retired). Commissioned Temporary Sub Lieutenant RNVR & posted
to Hood Bn. 29/9/14 – 4/6/15. DD.
Notes; C’ Company Commander 9/2/15-4/6/15
Temporary Commission as Sub Lieutenant RNVR cancelled and
appointed to RND as Lieutenant Commander so as not to interfere
with his retired pay.
Mentioned in despatches of GOC in C. MEF
12/6/15. (London Gazette, 3/8/15 p. 7667) born 6/12/80.
Husband of Elsie Parsons c/o Stillwells, 12
Pall Mall, London SW, later of 50, Blenheim Road, Deal.