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Private E I Parr

I'm intrigued by this one - why is somebody from the Australian Medical Corps buried in the paupers graveyard in Nottingham.

 

Just to add to this story. I've had an e-mail from Matt Smith from the Australian War Graves Photographic Archive that adds a bit more to the story,

 

"As it turns out Edgar Parr was British born (Nottinghamshire) and served in the Australian Forces during WWI. Enlisting in 1914, he was deemed to be too poorly developed and was taken on strength as a medical orderly into the Field Ambulance. He was charged for the offence of 'climbing a fruit tree and shaking the fruit to the ground', and given 7 days field punishment in 1916. In 1918 he developed a cold, which turned out to be Pulmonary Tuberculosis. He hurt his back in 1918 also and saw Orthopaedic staff at Harefield Hospital in the UK. Returning to Australia in 1918, after a medical discharge from the army, he applied for free passage back to the UK, which I am sure he took. I would suspect that he died from the Tuberculosis or possibly from the influenza epidemic. However this would require more investigation.

 

His next of kin had the address 11a Nottingtone Place, Sneinton, Nottinghamshire, which is probably where he returned to and subsequently died and was buried in the local cemetery. So there you have it!!!"

 

One more interesting fact relates to the next of kin address, number 12 Notintone Place was the birthplace of William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army.

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Taken on October 2, 2007