Other names: Walter John
Locations in this story: Motcombe, Shaftesbury, DorsetSemley, WiltshireBlandford, DorsetRogate, Horsham, SussexCrawley, West SussexEnmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Story: Walter John Parsons was born in Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 9 Feb 1894 the son of Joseph Parsons and Frances Parsons (nee Frost). He lived his early life with his family at Hugglers Hole, Semley, Wiltshire. He enlisted and joined the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service Nos. 2512 & 200830). He served with the 1/4th Battalion though it is not known in which theatre of war. He was discharged 25 Apr 1919 and was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He was registered at the then family home at Longcross, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury until his marriage to Edith Emily Harris at Blandford, Dorset, on 9 Oct 1922. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Wakeham Farm Cottage, Rogate, Horsham, Sussex, working as a Cowman. His death was recorded at the Crawley, West Sussex, Registry in 1978. Of his brothers, Charles George Parsons, died in service whilst Percy Frank Parsons and Archibald Joseph Parsons, both served and survived the conflict.