Essex Regiment & Essex Militia History

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Lieutenant Francis Newton PARSONS VC

On the morning of the 15th February, 1900, at Paardeberg, on the south bank of the River Modder, Private Ferguson, 1st Battalion Essex Regiment, was wounded and fell in a place devoid of cover.

While trying to crawl under cover, he was again wounded, in the stomach, Lieutenant Parsons at once went to his assistance, dressed his wound under heavy fire, went down twice (still under heavy fire) to the bank of the river to get water for Private Ferguson, and subsequently carried him to a place of safety.

Lieutenant Parsons was killed on the 10th March, in the engagement at  Dreifontein, on which occasion he again displayed conspicuous gallantry.

The VC is held at the Essex Regiment Museum.