12/1204 Pte Frank Arnold PARFITT 12th york and Lancaster Regiment Sheffield Pals
Wounded 1st day SOMME.
Died of wounds 13th September 1918 serving as 2Lt PARFITT R.A.F.
12/1204 Pte Frank Arnold PARFITT
Frank Arnold PARFITT was born Sheffield in 1897. One of 6 brothers, one sister his parents being Robert Worton John and Clara Amelia PARFITT. The 1901 census shows the family living at 78 Hands Lane, Crookes. The 1911 census has them at 21 Matlock Road Sheffield and by the time he joins the army the family are at 227 Western Bank.
Frank joined the army at Sheffield on the 19th December 1914 when he gives his occupation as Telephone Fitter.
Frank saw service in Egypt and with his battalion in France. He would take part in the advance of the first day of the Somme being severely wounded sustaining gun shot wounds to his right leg, left hip and right hand. This would see him hospitalised and returned to England on the 7th July 1916.
Frank applied for a commission and was successful. The appointment to Temp 2Lt appears in the London Gazette on 18.09.1917. His appointment to officer appears 26.11.1917.
Frank was training as an observer at Eastchurch airfield with the 1st School of Aerial gunnery when he was seriously wounded when his aircraft was involved in a mid air collision. The aircraft, a Bristol B2b fighter was piloted by Lt Leslie John BOSWOOD.
Bristol F2b Fighter
He was taken to the Shornecliffe Military Hospital where he died the same day.
Both Frank and Lt BOSWOOD appear on the below roll of honour.
He is now buried at the St Michaels Roman Catholic Church, Rivelin Valley Road, Sheffield.
He is also remembered on the Post Office Workers Memorial Co-Op Sheffield.
St Lukes memorial Hollis Croft
2Lt Bertram Nowitt PARFITT
Bertram was born Sheffield in 1895, Franks elder brother he lived with the family until he left for the military and was at some time married to a Mrs D.PARFITT of 4 Hartills Road, Calderstone, Liverpool. He had worked as a laboratory technician at the Sheffield University.
Bertram had initially served with the Royal Army Medical Corps under service number 6146. He was deployed to No9 Military Hospital at Rouen in France and earned the 1914 star trio indicating he was an old contemptible. He must have entered France between 5th August 1914 and 22nd November 1914. He then served with the 3rd Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment prior to applying for a commission in which he was successful and entered the R.A.F. as a 2Lt. Bertram was to succumb to the Spanish Flu being admitted to Reading No1 War Hospital on 12.11.1918. He died on 17.11.1918 and is now also buried in the St Michael Roman Catholic Church, Rivelin Valley Road, Sheffield.