WW1 Medal Groups
WW1 Pair With Memorial Plaque, South Staffordshire Regiment - Named To Parry
A WW1 casualty group awarded to 241574, Private Arthur Parry, who served with the 2/6 South Staffordshire Regiment and was killed in action on the 7th April 1918 when his battalion was almost wiped out during the German Spring Offensive.
His Commonwealth War Graves Commission entry can be viewed by clicking on here.
The details of his awards are as follows:
British War Medal unnamed blank (erased) gap filler.
Victory Medal named to 241574. PTE. A. PARRY. S. STAFF. R.
Memorial Plaque named to ARTHUR PARRY.
The medals are loose and come with replacement ribbons. The British War Medal is an original medal that has been erased (not be me I might add). The Memorial Plaque includes its original cardboard outer and condolence slip.
Parry was born in Wolverhampton in January 1892. His family history has been fully mapped out on Ancestry and can be viewed by clicking on here. Whilst I have I have not been able to locate any service records relating to this man, his Medal Index Card can be viewed by clicking on here, (if you have access to Ancestry, although a paper copy will be provided with this listing).
Neither his Medal Index Card or medal roll entry, (which can be viewed by clicking on here, again if you have access to Ancestry), indicate when he arrived in France, but the history of the unit in which he served, (which can be viewed by clicking on here), indicates that they arrived in France in February 1917 and served with the 176th (2/1st Staffordshire) Brigade of the 59th (2nd North Midland) Division. The activities and actions of this Brigade can be viewed by clicking on here. It would appear that he fought in both the Third Battle of Ypres and the Battle of Cambrai, both in 1917.
From the date of Parry’s death, it seems likely that he was with the he Brigade, when it was practically wiped out in ‘Operation Michael’, the opening phase of the ‘Spring Offensive’ launched by the German Army, in March 1918.
After this engagement the Battalion (and the Division), never regained full strength and was removed from the front line. Details of Operation Michael and the Spring Offensive can be viewed by clicking on here and on here.
He is laid to rest at the H.A.C. cemetery, Ecoust-St. Mein, France.
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