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  • 23127 Private Walter Parr was killed in action on 10 March 1918. He was one of four men killed that day. Photograph taken by John Morse in summer with roses flowering.
Person Details
12 Aug 1882
Arnold, Nottingham
Walter was born at Arnold in 1882, the son of John Terry (surname 'Terry' according to census records) and Mary Parr (nee Guy). Both his parents were born in Arnold, Nottingham. According to the record on the 1911 Census which was completed by either John Parr (sic) as head of household, he and Mary had been married for 39 years so were married in about 1872 although no record of the marriage has yet been traced. They had had 14 children of whom only eight were still living at the time of the census. The following five children, surname 'Parr', were named on the 1891 Census as John Terry's children: Emma (12), Walter (8), Sarah J. (6), Hannah (3) and John (1) who probably died at the age of seven in 1896. However, on the 1901 Census when Mary Parr was described as John Terry's housekeeper, the seven children in the home on the night of the census were described as his housekeeper's children: Walter (18), Sarah J. (16), Hannah (13), Samuel (7), Charles (6), Henry (5) and Alfred (2). All had the surname 'Parr'. Emma, who was living in the family home in 1891, was married by 1901 (Sturton) and living elsewhere. It is therefore likely that the children can be identified as: Emma Parr (birth registered as 'Guy') 1879 (J/F/M Basford) Walter Parr b. 12 August 1882 (J/A/S Basford) Sarah Jane Parr b. 8 February 1885 (J/F/M Basford) Hannah Parr b. abt 1888 John Parr b. abt. 1889 d. 1896 (O/N/D Basford) Samuel Parr b. abt 1892 Charles William Parr probably b. 1893 (O/N/D Basford) Henry Parr b. 1895 (O/N/D Basford) Alfred Parr b. 1898 (O/N/D Basford In 1891 John Terry (44), a general labourer, was living on West Street, Arnold, with his wife Mary Parr (35) a laundress, and the children Emma (12), Walter (8), Sarah Jane (6), Hannah (3) and John (1). Also in the household were two other children who were described as boarders, George Mee (12) and Mary Mee (9) who had both been born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. George and Mary were probably the children of Mary Parr's sister, Elizabeth Mee nee Guy, who had married Reuben Mee. In 1881 Reuben and Elizabeth were living at 12 Storforth Lane, Hasland, Derbyshire. Their youngest child was George (2) but an Emma Guy (12) was also living with them and was probably Elizabeth's child as she was described as Reuben's step-daughter. In 1901 John Terry (53) married, now a labourer at a brewery, and Mary Parr (46) married and described as a housekeeper, were living on Calverton Road, Arnold, with seven of the Parr children described as the children of John's housekeeper: Walter (18) a labourer in a brickyard, Sarah J (16) a laundry ironer, Hannah (13), Samuel (7), Charles (6), Henry (5) and Alfred (2). John and Mary were living on Smithy Row, Calverton Road, Arnold, in 1911. The census form, completed by either John, as head of household, or Mary (58), now gave John's surname as 'Parr'. John (68) was a cellar man for a brewery. Only Charles William (17), a miner ganger, and Alfred (13) were in the home on the night of the census. Walter married Mary Alice Guy in 1907 (A/M/J Basford). On the marriage registration record and the 1911 Census she was named 'Alice'. It is possible that Walter and Mary Alice, who was born in Arnold, were related through the 'Guy' family. In 1911 at the time of the census Walter (27), a bricklayer, and Alice (26) were living on Front Street, Arnold. They had two children, James Ernest (4) b. abt. 1906 and Walter (3) probably b. 1907 (O/N/D Basford). According to a descendent, they had two more children; Samuel b. 1914 (A/M/J Basford, mother's maiden name Guy) and John Edward (no record traced). There may also have been another son, Harold H. whose birth was registered in 1913 (J/F/M Basford, mother's maiden name Guy) and who died the same year (J/A/S Basford); a child who died in infancy might not be known to later generations. Walter's widow Mary Alice married William Tomlinson in 1920 (J/A/S Basford) and later lived at 2 Smithy Row, Arnold, Nottingham. A descendent of Walter's has said that they had a daughter who died in infancy and a son, Ronald. Of Walter's siblings: Emma was living on Calverton Road, Arnold, in 1911 with her husband Joseph Sturton (36), a miner, and their children Joseph (10) and Henry (2); two of their children had died in infancy or childhood. Her brother Samuel (19) was living with them. There is a record of an Emma Sturton b. abt 1879 who died in 1923 (Mar Basford) aged 44. Sarah Jane probably married Enoch Ellis Brookes (also Brooks) in 1905 (J/A/S Nottingham). Enoch was born in Shropshire and was a coal miner. In 1911 they were living at 69 Duchess Street, Bulwell. Two of their three children, John Henry (5) and Enoch (2), were in the home on the night of the census. Hannah probably married Robert Sands in 1908 (O/N/D Basford). In 1911, Robert (21, b. Spondon Street, Sherwood), a carter, and Hannah (23) were living in Naylor's Yard, Calverton Road, Arnold, with their son Edward (1). A second child had died in infancy. Samuel was living with his married sister, Emma Sturton in 1911. He was then working as a carter for the urban council (probably Arnold Urban District Council) Charles William probably married Mary A Brace in 1915 (A/M/J Basford). In 1939 at the time of the national register Charles b. 21 August 1893, a labourer for the council, was living in Arnold with his wife Mary Ann b. 19 September 1892. Also in the household was Samuel W Parr b. 19 February 1929 and the widowed Ann Brace b. 29 May 1862 (retired/pension) who was probably his mother-in-law. Henry has not been traced after 1901. Alfred may have died in 1967 (Jun Basford) aged 68 (b. abt 1899).
He attended the British School on Front Street, Arnold. In 1901 and 1911 he was a bricklayer's labourer.
10 Mar 1918
67854 - CWGC Website
He was living in Arnold when he enlisted.
9th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
He enlisted at Nottingham into the Sherwood Foresters and his details are shown in a book in the regimental archives of the 3rd Battalion. He was then stationed at Sunderland, enlisted for the duration of the war, and served with “G” Company. He was posted to the 9th Battalion of the Regiment on 18th September 1915 and went with the Battalion to Gallipoli. At the close of the campaign the battalion was evacuated to Egypt from where they were sent to join the army on the Western Front in 1916. The 9th Battalion was in the front line in the area of Hulluch in France, carrying out the usual stint in the trenches followed by four days in support and four days in Reserve. On the evening of the 10th March 1918 the battalion was to relieve the 7th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment in the front line trenches in the Hulluch Sector-South. They moved up the communication trenches and the relief was completed by 9.30pm that evening. The battalion's War Diary describes the evening as “situation quiet”. We are not told in the war diary of the casualties incurred during the relief or later in the day, but Walter was killed, probably by a German sniper, for his body was buried and now lies in the Philosophe British Cemetery, France, Plot III. Row B. Grave 44. He qualified for the 1915 Star having served in the Balkan theatre prior to 31 December 1915 and the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Personal inscription on CWGC headstone: 'Loved by all at home' CWGC Record: 'Son of John and Mary Parr, of Arnold; husband of Mary Alice Tomlinson (formerly Parr), of 2 Smithy Row, Arnold, Nottingham.' Registers of Soldiers' Effects: his widow, Alice, was his legatee.
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  • 23127 Private Walter Parr was killed in action on 10 March 1918. He was one of four men killed that day. Photograph taken by John Morse in summer with roses flowering.
    Walter Parr Grave - 23127 Private Walter Parr was killed in action on 10 March 1918. He was one of four men killed that day. Photograph taken by John Morse in summer with roses flowering.