Private Frederick John Parsons

Thank you to Jane Anthony for the following research.

Frederick was born in Brockham in 1896. Both his parent Charles and Eliza (nee Procud) were born in the Brockham area. His mother’s family were from the Root Hill area. In 1901, his father was working as a gardener. At that time Eliza’s father and brother were also living in the household. Frederick was the second son and the fourth of the five children in the family. By 1911 although his mother still described herself as married, his father Charles was not living at the household, although Eliza’s brother William was still there.

Frederick enlisted at Guilford into the 1st Battalion. The Queen’s Own Surrey Regiment and was killed accidentally when a bomb exploded behind the trenches at Beuvry. Frederick was killed, aged 19, on 21st July 1915 and is buried at the Beuvry Communal Cemetery

The town of Beuvry remained behind the lines for the duration of the war in, 1915 it became the depot for the Royal Engineers who started preparing for the gas attack on the German trenches at Loos in June 1915.

Born                            Brockham
Lived                           Brockham

Son of                          Charles and Eliza Parsons of Bushenbury, Brockham, Betchworth, Surrey

Enlisted                       Guildford

Regiment                     1st Battalion, The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment
Number                       L/6870

Date of Death              21st July 1915
Place of Death             France
Cause of Death           Accident

Pte Parsons of the West Surrey Regt, son of Mr and Mrs Pasons, of Bushenbury, Brockham, has been killed by the accidental explosion of a bomb. Deceased, who was over 6ft in height, was only 19 years of age and enlisted at the commencement of the war. Surrey Advertiser 31/07/1915.

Age                              19

Cemetery                     Beuvry Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

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