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

CWGC headstone for Thomas Parr. Photo March 2017

Monument

Situated in the to the north of the parish close to the “Dove” artwork.

Inscription

‘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, age 31,) 

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 23/8/1914. 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 the 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 WW2. 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 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, father and sister.
Thomas with his mother and sister, possibly taken in 1918, after his father had died.

Thomas’ grandfather James was David Parr’s cousin.

Sources :

CFHS transcriptions of parish records
CWGC
FreeBMD

Information supplied by Nick Stone

There’s more information on Nick Stone’s website. http://www.invisibleworks.co.uk/?s=percy+parr

edited by Mary Naylor

Thomas James Parr