Other names: Richard Charles Sheppard
Locations in this story: The Zeals, WiltshireShaftesbury, DorsetMill Lane, Bozley Hill, Cann, Shaftesbury, DorsetChapel Cottage, Cann
Story: Richard Charles Sheppard Parsons was born at The Zeals, Wiltshire, on 10th March 1889 and baptised at St. Martin's Church, The Zeals, on 14th May 1889, the son of Charles Parsons and Emily Parsons (née Sheppard). He lived his early life in The Zeals until 1901 when his family moved to 21 Bimport, Shaftesbury, Dorset. He married Annie Elizabeth Clark in Shaftesbury, Dorset, during 1912. He enlisted and served with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 307225). It is not known in which area he served but was with both the 1/8th and 16th Battalions at times. On discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals. The 1921 Census shows him living in Bozley Hill, Cann, Shaftesbury, working as a Bricklayer for A. Williams, Builder, Shaftesbury. The 1939 Register indicates he was still in Mill Lane, Bozley Hill, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, now described as a Builder's Labourer. He died on 15th January 1953 at Chapel Cottage, Cann.