In King's College Chapel, Cambridge. Difficult to get a good photo of as there's a large standing display board immediately in front of it, too heavy for me to risk moving on my own. .
In Memory of
Francis Newton Parsons V.C.
Born March 23
Chorister of the College
from MDCCCLXXXV to MDCCCXCI
Lieutenant in the first Battalion
of the Essex Regiment [44
who was killed in action at
Driefontein in South Africa
on March 10
This tablet has been placed
by his fellow choristers
HE HATH PUT A NEW SONG
IN MY MOUTH
PARSONS.—Killed in action at Driefontein, South Africa, March 10th, Lieutenant Francis Newton Parsons, Essex Regiment, son of Dr. C. Parsons, 7, Waterloo-crescent, Dover.
. ....Lieutenant Francis Newton Parsons, of the Essex Regiment, reported by Lord Roberts as killed at Driefontein, was the son of Dr. Parsons, of Dover. He was nearly twenty-five, having been born on March 23rd, 1875, and had just completed four years' service, having entered the regiment on February 29th, 1896, and received his Lieutenant's commission on March 1st, 1898. The Dover Express, Friday 16th March 1900 .
A DOVER HERO
VICTORIA CROSS AWARDED AFTER DEATH
....The Queen has been graciously pleased to award the decoration of the Victoria Cross to Lientenant Parsons, who was the son of Dr. Parsons of Dover, and was an old Dover College boy, and whose claims have been submitted for Her Majesty's approval, for his conspicuous bravery during the engagement at Paardeberg, as stated against his name: ...."Lieuteuant FRANCIS NEWTON PARSONS (since deceased), Essex Regiment.—On the morning of the 18th February, 1900, at Paardeberg, on the south bank of the River Modder, Private Ferguson, 1st Battalion Essex Regiment, was wounded, and fell in a place devoid of cover. While trying to crawl under cover, he was again wounded in the stomach. Lieutenant Parsons at once went to his assistance, dressed his wound under heavy fire, went down twice (still under heavy fire) to the bank of the river to get water for Private Ferguson, and subsequently carried him to a place of safety. This officer was recommended for the Victoria Cross by Lieutenant-General Kelly-Kenny, C.B., on the 3rd March last. Lieutenant Parsons was killed on the 10th March, in the engagement at Dreifontein, on which occasion he again displayed conspicuous bravery." The Dover Express, Friday 23rd November 1900 .
. ....The late Lieutenant Francis Newton Parsons, of the 1st Essex Regiment, who died before the conferring of the Victoria Cross upon him was gazetted, was the third son of a well-known doctor at Dover. He has three brothers serving in the Army. He joined the Essex Regiment at Fermoy in March, 1898, and was with the 1st Battalion while it was stationed at Warley Barracks. He was a great favourite with his fellow officers and with the rank and file, for he was ever ready to enter with zest into all the sports and amusements arranged for the recreation of the soldiers. He was also well known to the residents of Brentwood, and was held in great esteem. As a cricketer, he was a good all-round player, and was an enthusiast on the national game. He numbered among his friends Dr. W. G. Grace, from whom he received the gift of a cricket bat, which he greatly prized. Lieut. Parsons was a good tennis player, and was very fond of the game. Physically he was of rather less than medium height and of slight build, but with a strong frame and healthy tanned skin, he was 25 years of age. Information from South Alrica states that Lieutenant Parsons performed five or six acts of conspicuous bravery at Paardeberg, every one of which merited the Victoria Cross. Before going out to South Africa with the regiment he was working for the staff, and had he lived he would no doubt have eventually obtained an impoitant staff appointment. The news that the Victoria Cross has been awarded to the brave Lieutenant has been received with much gratification in the Brentwood district, where much regret is felt at his untimely though glorious death.
The Essex Chronicle, Friday 23rd November 1900
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