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Turner's Shore Ferry Street 1900s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


William Joseph Parsons, shipwright, and Alex Wallis, both of No. 32 Ship Street, at work barge-breaking for Turner's Shore of Ferry Street. W. J. Parsons was thought to have been born in 1882 (according to his army records) and was killed in action on August 9th 1918, possibly with a Mr Jones also of Ship Street. He was rifleman 415182, 1st Queen Victoria Rifles (formerly 66601, 10th battalion London Regiment). W. J. Parsons enlisted at Stratford and was posthumously awarded a British War Medal and a Victory Medal. The whereabouts of his grave is not known and so he is recorded on panel 10 of the Vis-en-Artois memorial, Harcourt, near Arras. The QVR were at Malard Wood near Molamcourt on 98.1918 and, according to a contemporary diary, ‘the Huns were shelling the place like blazes'. He is thought to have been killed by shellfire. He was married to Martha Lyons. They had four children: Ada Sophia, b.1907, William Edward, b.1909, Anna Maria, b.1911, and Herbert, b. 1913. Ada William and Bert are still living (1991). The family lived in Manchester Road and moved to No. 32 Ship Street in 1908 - 9. by Val Martin