Parnell-Parnell, John Atherton


He was the only son of the Thomas Parnell-Parnell, J.P., and of Edith Mary Parnell-Parnell of Wickselme, Berkeley, Gloucestershire. He came to Southgate Hill (Du Boulay’s) from Cordwalles School and in 1913 went on to Magdalen College, Oxford.

When war broke out he proceeded on the nomination of the President of Magdalen to Sandhurst, and obtained a Commission in his county regiment in December 1914. He went to France in October 1915. He fell in the evening of September 8th, 1916, leading his platoon in the attack on High Wood, and was buried at Quarry Cemetery near Bazentin-le-Petit, although his body was subsequently moved to the Flatiron Copse Cemetery.

He had won much commendation from his superiors for acts of gallantry shortly before his death.

He is commemorated, along with his father, by a memorial plaque in St Mary’s Church, Berkeley.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Parnell-Parnell
  • Forenames or initials: John Atherton
  • House: C
  • Years in School: 1908-1913
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Gloucestershire Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 1st March 1895
  • Date of Death: 8th September 1916
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer E5
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: FLATIRON COPSE CEMETERY, MAMETZ: Grave I.F.59