Other names: Charles
Locations in this story: ShaftesburyFrance & FlandersArras Memorial, Arras, Pas de Calais, FranceLong Cross, Enmore Green, ShaftesburySt. James' Church, ShaftesburySt. Peter's Church, ShaftesburyHoly Trinity Church, ShaftesburySillito Road, Poole, Dorset
Story: Charles Parsons was born in 1882 in Shaftesbury and baptised at St. James Church, Shaftesbury, on 4th June 1882. He was the son of George Parsons, a railway carman, and Emily Parsons (nee Wright). His siblings included Alfred, born in 1873, and Sidney George, born in 1890, both of whom died in the war. In 1903 Charles married Ellen Arnold. There were three children of the marriage - two boys and one girl. At the time of the 1911 Census Charles working as a railway carman and living at 5 Shillito Road, Poole, Dorset. His parents lived at Long Cross, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury. He enlisted as a Private with the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 16888) but later transferred to the 1st Battalion of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (New Service No. 31773). He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 23rd April 1917 and his name appears on the Arras Memorial, Arras, Pas de Calais, France (Bay 6). He is remembered on the Park Walk and St. James’ War Memorials. He also appears on the Roll of Honour in St. James’ Church and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.