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Arthur Harold Parsons

In memory of:

Private Arthur Harold Parsons

May 25, 1915

Military Service


Service Number:

10160

Age:

25

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)

Division:

3rd Bn.

Additional Information


Born:

March 27, 1890

Son of Samuel Ellen Parsons, of Milborne Port, Yeovil, Somerset, England.

Commemorated on Page 31 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

VIMY MEMORIAL
Pas de Calais, France

Grave Reference:

N/A

Location:

Canada's most impressive tribute overseas to those Canadians who fought and gave their lives in the First World War is the majestic and inspiring Vimy Memorial, which overlooks the Douai Plain from the highest point of Vimy Ridge, about eight kilometres northeast of Arras on the N17 towards Lens. The Memorial is signposted from this road to the left, just before you enter the village of Vimy from the south. The memorial itself is someway inside the memorial park, but again it is well signposted. At the base of the memorial, these words appear in French and in English:

TO THE VALOUR OF THEIR COUNTRYMEN IN THE GREAT WAR AND IN MEMORY OF THEIR SIXTY THOUSAND DEAD THIS MONUMENT IS RAISED BY THE PEOPLE OF CANADA


Inscribed on the ramparts of the Vimy Memorial are the names of over 11,000 Canadian soldiers who were posted as 'missing, presumed dead' in France. A plaque at the entrance to the memorial states that the land for the battlefield park, 91.18 hectares in extent, was 'the free gift in perpetuity of the French nation to the people of Canada'. Construction of the massive work began in 1925, and 11 years later, on July 26, 1936, the monument was unveiled by King Edward VIII. The park surrounding the Vimy Memorial was created by horticultural experts. Canadian trees and shrubs were planted in great masses to resemble the woods and forests of Canada. Wooded parklands surround the grassy slopes of the approaches around the Vimy Memorial. Trenches and tunnels have been restored and preserved and the visitor can picture the magnitude of the task that faced the Canadian Corps on that distant dawn when history was made. On April 3, 2003, the Government of Canada designated April 9th of each year as a national day of remembrance of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Memorial– Inscription - Vimy Memorial … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of ARTHUR HAROLD PARSONS– between October 1914 and February 1915 

Yeovil Somerset Walter S Rendelle studio

Taken while on leave from basic training in Salisbury Plains.  Arthur was killed in May 1915 at the Battle of Festubert.  

This photo was only re-discovered and identified when it was sent from Hilary Enticott in Yeovil as an unidentified person to Robert McFetridge on Vancouver Island 25 May 2020, 105 years to the day after Ben was killed.
  • Newspaper clipping– Article from the Western Gazette in Yeovil Somerset in 1915 announcing the death of Arthur Harold (Ben) Parsons including excerpts from a letter to Ellen Parsons from Ben's chum from Toronto Privt. D. Sloan.
  • Honour roll– Entry in the Milborne Port, Somerset Honour Roll curated by Noami Thorp, commemorating the honour of Arthur Harold (Ben) Parsons to that small village where the Parsons family lived until 1912 and where Ben was born.
  • Photo– Ben Parsons would be the 2nd great uncle of Trish Hannigan who visited the Vimy Memorial from Victoria, British Columbia, in 2019 to see his inscription there.
  • Inscription– His name as it is inscribed on the Vimy Memorial (2010). Over 11,000 fallen Canadians having no known place of burial in France, are honoured on this Memorial. May they never be forgotten. (J. Stephens)
  • Vimy Memorial– Canada's Vimy Memorial, located approximately 8 kilometres to the north-east of Arras, France. May the sacrifice of so many never be forgotten. (J. Stephens)

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