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Herbert Parsons

Herbert Parsons

Date of Birth

24 April 1893


Triarian, 1911-1913

Service number


WW1 rank

2nd Lieutenant

Royal Scots, 2nd Battalion

Theatre of war

France, Europe

Date of death

14 July 1916

Location of death



Thiepval Memorial (Grave/Memorial reference: Pier and Face 6D and


Second Lieutenant Herbert Parsons was the younger song of Thomas and Maria Parsons. He attended Leeds Boys’ Modern School before entering Borough Road College with a King’s Scholarship. Whilst at the college Parsons played rugby, as well as competing in an inter-college sports day in 1912. In a commemorative book he is described as having “played well for the school, [taking] a lead place in his college team]. He spent three years at Borough Road College as a triarian, and is listed as being destined for a position abroad. After Borough Road College he took the BA degree at London University in 1913. Parsons accepted a teaching post under the London Education Committee, a job which was cut short with the outbreak of war. He enlisted in September 1914 into the London Irish Rifles, 18th Country of London Regiment, and was made a Sergeant Instructor. He was recommended for a commission and was gazetted into 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Scots. In September 1915 he was sent to France. Despite being wounded on the 5 December he returned to France, only to be killed on the 14 July 1916


Entry on p.87 [Roll of Honour page], BFSS/2/9/14/8 [BRCRU008], Leeds Boys' Modern School Memorial Book, 1914 Annual Report, 1915 Annual Report, BFSS/2/9/3/7 [BRCPF007], BRCIC005, Secondary source information provided by Douglas Craik (taken from Commonwealth War Graves Commission), Commonwealth War Graves Commission