Other names: Sidney George
Locations in this story: ShaftesburyFrance & FlandersR. E. Farm Cemetery, Ypres, West Flanders, BelgiumLong Cross, Enmore Green, ShaftesburySt. James' Church, ShaftesburyHoly Trinity Church, ShaftesburySt. Peter's Church, ShaftesburyGillingham, Dorset
Story: Sidney George Parsons was born in 1890 in Shaftesbury and baptised at St. James Church, Shaftesbury, on 7th December, 1890. He was the son of George Parsons, a railway carman, and Emily Parsons (née Wright). His siblings included Alfred, born in 1873, and Charles, born in 1882, both of whom died in the war. No record has been found of Sidney in the 1911 Census but the family lived at Long Cross, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, at the time. He enlisted in Gillingham, Dorset, as a Private in the 1st Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 3/6588). He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1914 Star medals. He died on 3rd December 1914 and was buried at R. E. Farm Cemetery, Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium (grave id. III.C.6). He is remembered on the Park Walk and St. James’ War Memorials. His name also appears on the Roll of Honour inside St. James’ Church and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.