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Colin William Gregory PARSONS

Regimental number1768
Place of birthNorth Sydney, New South Wales
SchoolPerth Boys School, Western Australia
Other trainingAccountancy
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationAccountant
AddressCharles Street, South Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, William James Parsons, Charles Street, South Perth, Western Australia
Enlistment date21 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 23 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll28th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 3 November 1916
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*date of fate 3rd to 6th
Age at death28
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
114
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated (bronze plaque) in St George's Cathedral, Perth, Western Australia. Parents: William James and Louisa Jane PARSONS, 10 Charles Street, South Perth, Western Australia
Family/military connectionsCousin: 2128 Frederick Charles PARSONS, 40th Bn, killed in action, 9 May 1918; [1195] Captain Ronald HARDWICK, 25th Bn, returned to Australia.
Other details

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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