St. James' War Memorial

Alfred Parsons

Surname: Parsons
Other names: Alfred
Other people in this story:
George Parsons
Emily Parsons
Sidney George Parsons
Charles Parsons
Emily Kate Gray
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury
Long Cross, Enmore Green
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
St. James Street, Shaftesbury

Story:
Alfred Parsons was born in 1873 in Shaftesbury. He was the son of George Parsons, a railway carman, and Emily Parsons. His siblings included Charles, born in 1882 and Sidney George, born in 1890. The family lived at Long Cross, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury. In 1894 Alfred he married Emily Kate Gray. They had five children: three sons and two daughters. At the time of the 1911 Census, he was working as a coal carter and living at 78 St. James Street, Shaftesbury. He enlisted as a Private in the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 34574) and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He was discharged as wounded and died on 1st September 1917. He was buried in St. James' Churchyard on 14 Sep 1917, but this is not recorded as a war grave by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He is remembered on the Park Walk and St. James’ War Memorials and on the Roll of Honour in St. James’ Church, Shaftesbury.

Images:
  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Names on St. James' War Memorial 3
  • St. James' Roll of Honour

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives