In Memory of John and Frank Parle

John Parle was my grandfather, Frank was his younger brother.


 

CWGC

In Memory of JOHN PARLE

John Parle

Private 23656
1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards
who died aged 28 on
Monday, 4th November 1918

Private John PARLE was the husband of Anne Parle,
of 8, Grove Street, Widnes, Lancashire.

He was killed instantly by a bursting shell landing at his feet.
A member of St Marie’s parish he worked at the Vine Works in Widnes
before he enlisted and had served in the 
5th South Lancashire (Territorial Force) for four years
before the outbreak of the Great War.1

John Parle Gravestone

Remembered with honour
VILLERS-POL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Nord, France.

VILLERS-POL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Nord, France.

In the perpetual care of

the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

 

Commemorative Information

Cemetery: VILLERS-POL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Nord, France.

 

Grave Reference: D. 8.  (See below for plan of cemetery)

 

Location: Villers-Pol is a village and commune in the Department of the Nord, between Valenciennes and Le Quesnoy.  The Communal Cemetery Extension is signposted on the north side of the Communal Cemetery, but 50 metres away from the road D73.

 

Historical Information: The Communal Cemetery Extension was made in November, 1918, by the 24th, Guards and 2nd Divisions; and one grave was brought in after the Armistice from a field between Sepmeries and Villers-Pol.  There are now over 119, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site.  Of these, two are unidentified.  There are 74 German burials here, 39 being unidentified.  The Extension covers an area of 1,183 square metres and is enclosed by a brick curb.

 


 

CWGC

In Memory of Frank PARLE

Private 10847
1st Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
who died aged 22 on
Tuesday, 7th March 1916.

Private Frank PARLE was the son of John and Mary Parle,
of 12, Oxford Street, Widnes, Lancashire.

The son of Mr John Parle he was a regular who enlisted in Liverpool in 1912 and was part 
of the original British Expeditionary Force to land in France in August 1914. 
Involved in the fighting from the start, he took part in the retreat from Mons.
Educated at St Marie’s School, when he left he joined the Merchant Navy 
as a ships boy with the ‘Allen Line’ and served on a vessel called the “Corsican”.
After an unknown time at sea he came back to Widnes
and worked at Dennis’s Works.
The 1st Battalion The Cameronians, at the time Frank Parle died, were engaged
on working parties* it is thought he was killed carrying out this task.1

* “Working Party” is defined as - Party of men usually from 
the Infantry ranging in numbers from single figures to several hundred and 
used for carrying parties or work behind the lines or in “No Mans Land”.

Remembered with honour
BEUVRY COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France.

BEUVRY COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France.

In the perpetual care of

the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

 

Commemorative Information

Cemetery: BEUVRY COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France

 

Grave Reference: 56.  (See below for plan of cemetery)

 

Location: Beuvry is a town in the Pas de Calais, approximately 3 kilometres east of Bethune.  The Communal Cemetery is 200 metres north of the church on Rue Edouart Vallant.  The main war graves plot will be found directly opposite the entrance with scattered smaller plots to the right of this.

 

Historical Information: Beuvry village was largely occupied during the War by Royal Engineers, Supply units and Artillery horse-lines.  It remained in British possession even during the German offensive of April, 1918. Beuvry Communal Cemetery was used by units and Field Ambulances from November, 1914, to August, 1916. There are now over 100, 1914-18 and 30, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site.  Of these, a small number from the 1939-45 War are unidentified.

 


Cemetery Plans

Click on a plan for a larger image.

VILLERS-POL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION
BEUVRY COMMUNAL CEMETERY AND EXTENSION
VILLERS-POL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION BEUVRY COMMUNAL CEMETERY AND EXTENSION

 


 

Victoria Park War Memorial, Widnes, Cheshire

Victoria Park War Memorial, Widnes, Cheshire  

The War Memorial in Victoria Park, Widnes, lists the names of all servicemen from Widnes who lost their lives during WW1 and WW2.

The lower panels have names of those who died 1914 - 1919.  The names of John Parle and Frank Parle can be found in the third panel from the left on the west side of the memorial, the side shown in the photograph.

The names of John Parle and Frank Parle can be found in the third panel from the left on the west side of Victoria Park War Memorial.

 


 

With thanks to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for some details and images.

1.  These notes are taken from “I Don’t Want To Be A Sunbeam” by Harry Jones
This book is out of print.  It has notes on all those listed on the Victoria Park War Memorial.
See Roll Of Honour, Widnes War Memorial, Cheshire.

 

Parle Roll of Honour

 

 

Website by Michael A Parle

This page last changed on 27 August 2015