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VC868   Hardy Falconer Parsons

Name   Hardy Falconer Parsons   No.      POSTHUMOUS

VC Issue No.   868   Awards   VC   

Regiment   Gloucestershire Regiment, 14th (Service) Battalion

Later   Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire & Wiltshire Regiment

Now   1st Battalion, The Rifles

Rank VC Won   Temporary Second Lieutenant

Rank End Of Career   Temporary Second Lieutenant

Place Of Birth   Rishton, Blackburn, Lancashire, England

Place Of Death   Near Epehy, France

Buried/Location Ashes   Villers-Faucon Communal Cemetery, 6 miles north-east of Peronne, Somme, France


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone   Headstone (CWGC)    Plot/Grave no.   Row A, Grave 16

Gazetted   17 October 1917

VC Presented   8 November 1917 by King George V at Durdham Downs, Bristol, England to his father, The Reverend J A Ash Parsons


P  Headstone, Villers-Faucon Communal Cemetery, 6 miles north-east of Peronne, Somme, France

P  Memorial Brass Plaque, Kingswood School, Bath, Somerset

P  Named on War Memorial, Kingswood School, Bath, Somerset

P  Named on Family Grave, Canford Lane Cemetery, Bristol

P  Named on War Memorial, Wills Building, Bristol University, Bristol

Memorial Plaque, King Edward VII School, Lytham-St-Anne's, Lancashire

Named on War Memorial, Methodist Church, Clifton Drive South, St Annes-on-Sea, Lancashire

Memorial Plaque, Wesley Memorial Church, New Inn Hall Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire

By The Way…

Before the war he was preparing for Medical Missionary Work abroad

VC Held By

Gloucestershire Regiment Museum, Custom House, Commercial Road, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England



VC 867 VC 869
VC 867
VC 869

The First World War

BORN   13 June 1897

DIED   21 August 1917   AGE   20

VC Won   20-21 August 1917   AGE   20

Place VC Won   Near Epehy, France

War/Campaign   First World War 1917

Thank you to Zoe Parsons at Kingswood School, for providing photo's of their Memorial