Parfitt, Henry James (No. B/164)

Parfitt, Henry James (Henry)

Lance Corporal

No. B/164, 7th Battalion, Rifle Brigade

Killed in action on Sunday 20 August 1916

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thiepval Memorial (Pier and Face 16B and 16C)


In the 29 August 1925 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle there was an Our Heroes – In Memoriam notice for Lance Corporal Henry J. Parfitt from his widow Annabella and their children who were living at 26 Church Street, Newtownards and it contained the verse:

And now he is sleeping his last long sleep,

And his grave I may never see,

But some gentle hand, in a distant land,

May scatter some flowers for me;

And some tender heart may shed a tear

For the wife in anguish sore,

For the life so fair that has ended there,

Away on an alien shore.

A year later, on 21 August 1926, Annabella Parfitt died of oesophageal cancer in Newtownards Hospital (aged 45).

Henry James Parfitt was baptised in Croyden, Surrey on 8 July 1877 and he was a son of Benjamin David and Charlotte Parfitt.  Benjamin David Parfitt worked as a boot and shoemaker.

Henry James Parfitt (aged 20 years 6 months), a carman from Croyden, Surrey, enlisted on 11 December 1899 in Kingston-on-Thames.  He served with the Rifle Brigade (No. 7223).  After leaving the Army he worked as a boot maker and repairer.

In 1911 Henry James Parfitt (aged 33), his wife, Annabella Parfitt (aged 24, born in County Antrim, birth registered in Coleraine) and their two children, Charlotte Annie (aged 3) and Benjamin James (aged 1) were living at 40 Endsleigh Road, Southall, London.

Charlotte Annie Parfitt was born on 14 November 1907 in Croyden, Surrey and she married Tom Charleton in Ards on 25 June 1929.

Benjamin James Parfitt was born on 24 February 1910 in Epsom, Surrey.

Henry James Parfitt re-joined the colours, fought in the Great War and was killed in action on 20 August 1916 during the Battle of the Somme.

Lance Corporal Henry James Parfitt (No. B/164) has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France.  He was awarded a trio of service medals – the 1914 – 1915 Star, the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.