Roll of Honour

Private Harry Spencer Parrott

Linked to: Bicester

Service Number: 9347

Regiment: Royal Fusiliers (20th)

Conflict: World War One

Date of Death: 13th April 1917

Age at Death: 20

Burial/Memorial Location: Cojeul British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

Son of Ernest and Annie Parrott, of High St., Winslow, Bucks. Born in Bicester.

"News has been received by his relatives in Bicester of the death of Pte. Henry Parrott, son of Staff-Sergt. Ernest Parrott, A.S.C., a coach builder, of Winslow, and a nephew of Mr Parrott, of King’s-end, Bicester. The information received states that he was shot through the head on April 13, and died instantaneously.
The deceased soldier was born in Bicester and was a very frequent visitor to the town prior to the time of his enlistment, on which occasions he usually stayed with his grandmother, Mrs James, of Cemetery-lane, Bicester. He was known to a good few residents in Bicester (more especially in the King's-end district) and was greatly respected for his quiet gentlemanly manner. He was a cleaver lad, and a great favourite at the Winslow School, where he gained a scholarship, and was then five years at Buckingham Latin School, passed the Oxford Senior Exam., and was assistant master at Slough. He was 20 years of age." Bicester Herald 11/05/1917

"A service to the memory of the late Pte. Harry Parrott, eldest son of Sergt. and Mrs E. Parrott, of Winslow, who was killed in action in France on April 13, was held at the Parish Church, Winslow, after evensong on Ascension Day, and was conducted by the Vicar, Rev. H.L. Denny. The service was fully choral; the choir entered singing the opening sentences of the burial service, followed by the chanting of the 23rd psalm “The Lord is my shepherd.” A portion of scripture from the third chapter of the Book of Wisdom was read by the Vicar, and the hymns “O let him whose sorrow” and “Now the labourer’s task is o’er” were sung. The beautiful Russian “Contakion of the faithful departed” was feelingly rendered by the choir, and the service concluded with the “Dead March” in Saul, followed by the “Last Post” blown by buglers of the Church Lads Brigade, and the Gloria Patri. Included in the congregation were several friends from Bicester." Bicester Herald 25/05/1917