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Parsons, Maurice Harry Donne (1880-1916)

Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.


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Details: Maurice Harry Donne Parsons (1880-1916), born on 9 December 1880 at Teal Flat, South Australia, eldest son of Henry John Donne Parsons (1851-1906) (Old Shirburnian) of 3 Regent's Park, Exeter (formerly a land agent in Australia 1876-1886 and afterwards at Exeter) and Lucy Jane Taylor (1856-).



Merrifield Henry Donne Parsons (1882).

Cecil Braithwaite Parsons (c.1885-1916).

Margaret Grace Parsons (1888-).

Harold Charles Parsons (1893-).

Lucy Joyce Parsons (1897-).


Attended Crewkerne School, 1891-1895.


Attended Sherborne School (School House) September 1895-March 1898 (expelled). A member of the 1st XV rugby football team 1895-1897 (awarded his 2nd XV colours on 9 December 1895 and his 1st XV colours on 16 November 1896). He is described in April 1897 in 'Characters of the XV': 'M.D. Parsons - 12st. A very formidable three-quarter making good use of his weight and great strength. Collars well. Punts indifferently, but is a very fine place kick.' On 14 February 1898, Douglas Steward, Hon. Sec. of the Southampton Trojans F.C. wrote to Maurice Parsons: 'We should very much have liked to come down & play you, but regret that owing to the scarcity of Rugby Clubs in this neighbourhood we have so many out matches to play, that it would not be possible for us to give you a fixture. I note what you say about your Old Boys giving us a return date but know from experience that such teams are more or less uncertain in fixtures.'


Married to Louisa Mary Parsons (daughter of Captain Neville of Westholme, Exeter) of The Elms, Clevelands, Exeter.


Occupation: Land surveyor in Exeter. Member of the Devon & Cornwall Provincial Committee of the Surveyors' Institution. Land agent to the Haldon Estate, Devon. In 1910 joined the staff of the Government Land Valuation Department.


Club captain of Exeter Rugby Club (played as centre three quarters).


Lieutenant in the 1st Volunteer Rifles Battalion, Devonshire Regiment.


WW1, Captain, Royal Horse Artillery, 'O' Battery, 8th Division. Received his commission in January 1916 and proceeded to the front. Killed in action in France on 18 July 1916, aged 35.


Commemorated at:

Laventie Military Cemetery, La Gorgue, II. E. 4,%20MAU...


Exeter Rugby Football Club Roll of Honour Plaque (WW1), Sandy Park, Exeter.


Parsons Memorial Window, St Leonard’s church, Misterton, Devon.


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance.


Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, 28 July 1916:

‘SANDFORD: The announcement in the Devon and Exeter Gazette on Monday that Captain M.H.D. Parsons, R.H.A., had been killed in action was received here with sincere regret. During nearly three years’ residence Capt. Parsons made many friends, and was highly esteemed. Deceased was a very efficient officer, and from the commencement of hostilities had a great desire to go on active service. But it was not until December last that he was allowed to relinquish his official capacity of land valuation officer. Much sympathy is felt for Mrs Parsons in her bereavement.’

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