CFHS code : BE24

Parish : St Bene’t

Inscription : 1642148 Gunner TJ PARR Royal Artillery 28th March 1941 age 31

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202545, 0.137067 – click here for location

Parr CWGC headstone March 2017


This Commonwealth War Grave headstone is situated in the parish of St Bene’t, close to the “Dove” artwork.


‘1642148 Gunner TJ PARR Royal Artillery 28th March 1941 age 31’

“Death divides but memory clings”

Thomas James Parr ( 24/3/1910 – 28/3/1941) 

Thomas was the eldest child of Percy James Parr (1890-1917) and Jessie Esther (née Northrop). He had a brother William Percy (1913 – 1914) and a sister Grace Margaret Parr born 23 August 1914. The family lived at 32 Cowper Road, Cambridge. Percy and Jessie had married on July 7th 1907 at St Andrew’s Street chapel, Cambridge. At the time of their marriage Percy was described as a labourer and Jessie was a still room maid, living and working at Cambridge railway station. When Thomas was born they were living at 70 Cambridge Place but they had moved to Cowper Road by the time William was born.

Their father Percy died near Ypres on 7th June 1917 during the attack on the Messines Ridge.  Jessie married Alf Ireton in 1920 and continued to live in Cowper Road having two more sons, Alfred and Arthur Ireton; Tom and Grace’s half brothers.

Thomas married Marion Beatrix Jones in Norwich in 1932. She was known as Trixe.

Thomas was a casualty of World War 2. He was a motorcycle despatch rider for the Royal Artillery. It is believed that he died in an motorcycle accident near Felthorpe, Norwich. His wife Marion continued to live in Norwich with their two children Thelma and Terry.  Thomas is named on Cambridge Holy Sepulchre and St John’s Hills Road Cambridge memorials, the second of which he shares with his father who died in WW1.

The photographs below are credited and copyright to © Nick Stone.

Thomas in his early twenties
Thomas with his mother and sister, possibly taken in 1918, after his father had died
Thomas with his mother, father and sister

Thomas’ grandfather James was David Parr’s cousin.

Sources :

CFHS transcriptions of parish records

Information supplied by Nick Stone

More information is available on Nick Stone’s website.

Edited by Mary Naylor

Thomas James Parr