Other names: Jack
Locations in this story: Semley, WiltshireWardour, Semley, WiltshireDuck Street, Tisbury, WiltshireMere, WiltshireFrance & Flanders
Story: Jack Parsons was born on 21st August 1896 in Semley, Wiltshire, and baptised on 20th September 1896, the son of Fred Parsons and Emma Maria Parsons (née Gray). He lived his early life in the Semley and Wardour, Wiltshire, area. He enlisted on 15th February 1916 as a Private with the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 23671). He served with both the 3rd and 1st Battalions in France & Flanders. At a medical examination on 29th July 1917 he was found to have defective vision and was shortly after transferred to the 447th Agricultural Company of the Labour Corps (Service No. 496005). He was discharged on 26th April 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals. He married Elizabeth Laura Parham in the Tisbury, Wiltshire, area in 1921 and they went on to have two children. By the 1939 Register he was living at 125 Duck Street, Tisbury, Wiltshire, and was working as a Roadman for the Wiltshire County Council. He died in the Mere, Wiltshire, Registration District on 19th October 1959.