John Parle was my grandfather, Frank was his younger brother.
Private John PARLE
was the husband of Anne Parle,
of 8, Grove Street, Widnes, Lancashire.
Enlisted: Widnes, April 1918
Resided: 8, Grove Street, Widnes
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
Remembered with honour
VILLERS-POL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION (Row D, Grave 8), Nord, France.
|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. Location on
|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.|
Private Frank PARLE
was the son of John and Mary Parle,
of 12, Oxford Street, Widnes, Lancashire.
Resided: 12 Oxford Street, Widnes
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 (Grave 56), Pas de Calais, France.
|Cemetery:||BEUVRY COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de
|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 Vaillant. The main war graves
plot will be found directly opposite the entrance with scattered smaller
plots to the right of this. Location on
|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.|
Click on a plan for a larger image.
VILLERS-POL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION
BEUVRY COMMUNAL CEMETERY AND EXTENSION
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.
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.
Website by Michael A Parle
This page last changed on 04 March 2019