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Lieutenant: 535 Percival Augustus W PARSONS.

Born: 3rd May 1894. Gosford, New South Wales, Australia. Birth Cert:13798/1894.

Married: 1924. Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Marriage Cert:13918/1924.

Wife: Mary "Elsie" N Parsons. nee: Duck.

Died: 21st October 1947. Burwood, New South Wales, Australia. Death Cert:28602/1947.

Father: Charles Tilsbury Parsons.

Mother: Mary Ann Parsons. nee:


Percival Augustus Parsons enlisted with B Company 35th Battalion AIF on the 25th January 1916 at Broadmeadow via Newcastle. Percival was still serving with the 16th Infantry Militia in Newcastle when he enlisted. Percival went into camp at Broadmeadow and entrained to Sydney from Broadmeadow Station for Sydney on the 31st of April and the next day embarked for England onboard HMAT A24 "Benalla" on the 1st of May 1916.

HMAT A24 Benalla

HMAT A24 "Benalla"

The Battalion was entrained during the afternoon for Amesbury, arriving at midnight and marching to hutments at No: 1 Camp, Larkhill. Here the Battalion settled down to hard training, which included Route Marching, Trench Digging, Bomb Practice, Musketry and general Camp Routine. Later the Battalion moved to the No: 25 Camp and finished off their training, which included six days' battle practice and field work at the Bustard Trenches. On the 19th October Percival was promoted to Corporal with with the Training Battalion and proceeded overseas for France on the 21st of November 1916.

The Battalion left Larkhill on the 21st November and entrained at Amesbury for Southampton, embarking on the S.S "Arundel". The transport section left by S.S. "Princess Victoria". The Battalion arrived at Le Harve, France on the 22nd November 1916. Disembarkation commenced at 8:00am and the Battalion marched to No;1 camp on the Hill, arriving at 2:00pm. The men carried heavy loads, in some cases amounting to miniature Q.M.' Stores. The march over cobblestones was very tiring, notwithstanding the many route marches which had been carried out at Larkhill. However, after bathing their feet and receiving treatment, as well partaking of a good meal, some spent a comfortable night.

Pervival reported sick on the 14th of December whist in France and rejoined his unit on the 3rd of January 1917 before moving up to the main lines where on the 24th February 1917 Pervival was promoted to Lance Sergeant, Vice Sergeant: 106379 Clements Ripley RODD and less than 2 months late was placed on the supernumery list to join the Officers Cadet Battalion and promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on the 14th of July before he embarked for England where he was marched in the the 9th Training Battalion at the Durrington Army Camp from France on the 10th of August 1917.

Percival was seconded to duty with the 9th Training Battalion and promoted to Lieutenant on the 11th January 1918 where he remained until after the war before he embarked for Australia on the 31st August 1920 and was appointed Quartermaster and Paymaster onboard HMT "Wahehe" on the 1st of September and disembarked in Sydney on the 25th of October 1920.

Family Information

Percival was a single 31 year old Railway Employee from Gosford, N.S.W. upon enlistment. He served with the 16th Infantry Battalion. Served during world War 2. Servive Number: NX5 enlisted in Sydney on the 13th October 1919 and retired on the 3rd July 1940 with the Rank of Lieutenant Colonel with the 2nd/4th Battalion AIF. Cremated at the Rookwood Crematorium.

Ernest E S Parsons born 1892 at Redfern, N.S.W. Birth Cert:30956/1892. Percival Augustus W Parsons born 1894 at Gosford, N.S.W. Birth Cert:13798/1894 and died 1947 at Burwood, N.S.W. Death Cert:28602/1947. George H L Parsons born 1896 at Gosford, N.S.W. Birth Cert:30697/1896.

Military Records

(Australian National Archives)

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