Thomas George Parrish

Name

Thomas George Parrish

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

26/10/1914
31

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
8355
Border Regiment
2nd Bn.

Awards

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

Cemetery/Memorial

YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL
Panel 35.
Belgium

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.

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox, Terry & Glenis Collins