Other names: Arthur John
Locations in this story: ShaftesburyMotcombe, DorsetSt. Mary's Church Extension Cemetery, MotcombeSunnyside, Motcombe, DorsetRoyds Hall War Hospital, Lindley, Huddersfield
Story: Arthur John Parsons was born in Motcombe, Dorset, on 3rd July 1898 and baptised there on 27th July, 1898. He was the son of John Parsons, a Farmer, and Emily Catherine Parsons (née Watts). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, a Scholar and living at Sunnyside, Motcombe, Dorset. He enlisted in Shaftesbury as a Private in the 12th (Service) (Bristol) Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment (Service No. 38914). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He had been wounded in France and repatriated back to England. He died of his wounds after the war on 16th January, 1919, at Royds Hall War Hospital, Lindley, Huddersfield and was buried on 22nd January, 1919, in the Extension Cemetery of St. Mary's Church, Motcombe (grave id. B.3.I). He is remembered on the Motcombe War Memorial, Dorset. His brother, George Thomas Parsons, also apparently served towards the end of the conflict and survived.