Lost sons — 2 Comments

    John’s father, Lt Col Francis Woodbine Parish DSO, MC of the KRRC died in October 1921 from complications from a severe wound he suffered in the First World War. His wife, Dorothy, survived him by more than 60 years, dying in 1982. John was a baby when his father died. See the above entry in The

    There is no reference to Francis on the CGWG website, because the cut-off was August 1921.

    Dorothy was a granddaughter on her mother’s side of Prime Minister William Gladstone.

    So Dorothy knew tragedy from two conflicts. The Parish family story is an inspiring one of service and sacrifice over many years and generations and, happily, continues to this day.
    Kind regards,

  2. Thank you for the information, what appalling pain Dorothy must have endured.

    Compared with such stories, the contemporary tendency to use the term “heroes” of sportspeople and celebrity figures seems a debasement of the word.

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