DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL, G.V.R. ‘265509 SJT: A. PARR. M.M. 6/NORTH'D FUS:’; MILITARY MEDAL, G.V.R. ‘2611. CPL. A, PARR. 6/NTH'D: FUS:-T.F.’; 1914-15 STAR ‘6-2611 PTE. A. PARR. NORTH'S FUS:’; BRITISH WAR MEDAL 1914-20, ERASED; VICTORY MEDAL 1914-19 ‘6-2611 SJT. A. PARR. NORTH'D FUS.’; FRANCE, REPUBLIC, CROIX DE GUERRE, REVERSE DATED 1914-1918
D.C.M. London Gazette 30 October 1918:
'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during a withdrawal. He commanded with courage and initiative a mixed force, and was instrumental in beating off four determined attacks by the enemy.'
M.M. London Gazette 11 October 1916.
Croix de Guerre London Gazette 7 January 1919.
Arthur Parr was born in 1890 at North Shields, the son of Henry G. Parr, a sail maker of 109 Howdon Road. Attesting for the 1/6th Territorial Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers, Parr served in France from 20 April 1915, his battalion being almost immediately sent in to action during the 2nd battle of Ypres. Present at the battle of St Julien on the 26th of that month, the 6th battalion hard a horrendous baptism of fire, loosing almost half its men during the capture of enemy trenches and subsequent retreat to their own lines. Private Parr was one of the wounded, suffering a gunshot wound to the head. The Shields Daily News, 01 May 1915, a newspaper that wrote several articles on Parr during the War, noted that he was wounded whilst getting into one of the trenches and originally thought he’d been hit on the head by the butt of one of his comrade’s rifles.
The War Diary for the 6th battalion is particularly good as at the ends of each month, it details all casualties by name, number, rank and casualty date. It records that private Parr was wounded a second time whilst in the trenches in the vicinity of Hooge, 17 June 1915; and was wounded yet again on 29 January 1916, two days after relieving the 1st Gordon Highlanders trenches in the vicinity of Hill 60. Awarded the Military Medal for gallantry, several months later, during one of the battles of the Somme Offensive, the Shields Daily News 16 October 1917, again shed more light on his service as well as the reason for his award. It tells how Parr, now a Sergeant, had up until this point, been wounded three times, had taken part in the battles of St Julien, Hooge, St Eloi, the Somme and Arras. His M.M. awarded for ‘getting messages through to the front line trench during a barrage when all wires were broken’…………………………….
Condition, VF, some light contact wear. No service papers as yet found for Parr, however with some copied research, Newspaper articles and MIC on CD. A very good gallantry group, despite the BWM, however priced accordingly.