Thomas George Parrish


Thomas George Parrish


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Border Regiment
2nd Bn.


1914 (Mons) Star (with Clasp & Roses), British War and Victory medals


Panel 35.

UK Memorials

Hertford Town Memorial
Christchurch Plaque, now in Holy Trinity Church, Bengeo
Not on the Standon memorials

Pre War

Born in 1887, in Standon, to parents William & Elizabeth and was living in 2 Byde Street, Hertford. He had three brothers and one sister and in 1891 they were living in Paper Mill Lane, Standon. His father was employed as a baker’s assistant. In 1901 they were living in Standon Road, Standon and Thomas was employed as a clerk for the Great Eastern Railway. By the 1911 census Thomas was shown as living in Martinique, Border Regiment, 2nd Battalion in Bordon, Hampshire having already enlisted in the Army.

Wartime Service

Enlisted at Hertford and was already with his regiment in 1911 at Headley, Hampshire. The battalion was based in Pembroke when war broke out, they were moved to southern England and went to France on the troopships Minneapolis and Turkoman from Southampton on 6th October 1914. They saw action at the 1st Battle of Ypres from 15th October. On 23rd the Battalion occupied trenches near Kruiseecke where they came under heavy enemy artillery fire, they estimated 1500 shells landed in 10 hours. At 7.00 am on 26th the enemy attacked, and the Borders were forced to retreat, Thomas was killed in this action.


Malcolm Lennox, Terry & Glenis Collins