William Andrew PARSONS

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PARSONS, William Andrew

Service Number: 867
Enlisted: 28 December 1915, West Maitland, New South Wales
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 34th Infantry Battalion
Born: Newcastle, New South Wales, date not yet discovered
Home Town: West Maitland, Maitland, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Miner
Died: Died of Wounds (GSW leg & shoulder), Messines, France, 20 July 1917, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Trois Arbres Cemetery
Plot I, Row T, Grave No. 27. His name is also located at panel 124 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

28 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, West Maitland, New South Wales
2 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 867, 34th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
2 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 867, 34th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Hororata, Sydney
21 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 867, 34th Infantry Battalion, Messines
7 Jan 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 867, 34th Infantry Battalion, Messines
20 Jun 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 867, 34th Infantry Battalion, Messines

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Biography

Married to Bridget Parsons (nee Vial), 17 Wallace Street, West Maitland, NSW
b.1886 - d. 1953.

7 Children  -  c/o Elizabeth Street, Abermain, NSW

Daughter   -  Helen M Parsons  b. 1902 - d. 1906
Son            - John William Parsons
Daughter   -  Emily Parsons
Daughter   -  May Beatrice Parsons b. 11/7/1907 - d. 10/5/1982 (74 yrs old)
                     m. Cecil Ernest LUCAS 1925  in Cessnock NSW   (b. 1907 - d. 8/2/1982)
Son           -  Thomas John Parsons

Serving in 6th Australian Light Horse - prior to enlisting.

Described on enlisting as 30 years 10 months old; married; 5' 7 1/2" tall; 137 lbs; dark complexion;
blue eyes; dark hair; Church of England.  Tattoo right forearm.

28/12/1915        Enlisted at West Maitland, NSW
                          Completed medical - fit for service (teeth may need attention)

24/3/1916          Commanding Officer appointed William to C Company, 34th Battalion
                          Rutherford Camp.

2/5/1916            Embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A20 Hororata
                           Private in C Company, 34th Infantry
23/6/1916          disembarked into Plymouth, England

The battalion spent the next five months training.

21/11/1916         Proceeded overseas to France, ex Southampton

Moved into the trenches of the Western Front for the first time on 27/11/1916, just in time for the
onset of the terrible winter of 1916-17.

7/1/1917             Appointed Lance Corporal - in the field

The 34th Battalion had to wait until the emphasis of British and Dominion operations switched to
the Ypres Sector of Belgium in mid-1917 to take part in its first major battle; this was the
battle of Messines, launched on 7 June.

20/6/1917           Promoted to Temporary Corporal

19/7/1917           Gun shot wound to leg and shoulder - received in action

19/7/1917           Transferred to No.2 Australian Casualty Clearing Station
                         

20/7/1917           Died of gun shot wound to leg and shoulder received in action

buried in:             Trois Abres Cametery, Steenwerck, France
                            Plot I, Row T, Grave No. 27

buried by:            Captain Reverend G Kennedy Tucker
                            and a wooden cross with his name and particulars was mounted at his grave.


Medals:
British War Medal (3849), Victory Medal (38180);
Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll (327612).

1919                  (wife)  Bridget Parsons - remarried  Mr Wesley J SMITH at Newcastle, NSW
                          - now known as Mrs B Smith living at Alexander St, Kurri Kurri, NSW.
March 1922       - moved to William Street, Sheddon's Estate, Cessnock, NSW

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.   14/11/2014.  Lest we forget.

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