war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper

Service Record Notes


Service Branch; Royal Navy.
Unit; Hood Bn.
Rank; Lieutenant Commander.
Awards; MiD.
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.

On 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.



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