George Alexander Parsons

Rank Private
Service No G/96062
Date of Death 30/09/1918
Age 22
Regiment/Service Royal Fusiliers 7th Battalion
Cemetery Cambrai East Military Cemetery. The cemetery is some 32 kilometres south-east of Arras, France.

 

George was born in Finchley in 1896 to Charles Richard (b.1860) and Clara Rosina Parsons, nee Manley (b.1860), who were married in 1886. He had three older siblings: James (b.1889), Winifred (b.1893) and Charles (b.1895).

George was baptised at St Mary-at-Finchley on 14th March 1897 and his family were then living at 25 Lichfield Grove, Finchley. His father's occupation was listed as ‘clerk’.

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family were living in Laurel Villa, Long Lane, three houses away from St Paul’s Church. Charles’ occupation was listed as ‘booksellers’ clerk’.

At the time of the 1911 Census, the family were living at 16 Station Road, Finchley. His father was a bookseller and his siblings, Winifred and Charles, were employed as a dressmaker’s assistant and a bank clerk respectively, whilst George himself remained at school.

George enlisted at Woolwich and was initially a member of the Royal Army Service Corps. The 1918 Battle of Cambrai, the last of the Battles of the Hindenburg Line, delivered the city into the hands of Commonwealth forces.