PARR, Eustace George

Corporal, George E. PARR
Aged 27

103rd Infantry, 26th Division, U.S. Army
Killed in Action on Saturday 14th September 1918

Eustace George Parr was born in Fordham (Newmarket Q2-1891 3B:568), son of Charles John and Emily PARR (née BELL).

1891 census...Aged under 1 month, he was at Chippenham Road, Fordham with his father Charles J. PARR [32] Prudential Assurance agent, born Burwell; his mother Emily [31] born Swaffham Bulbeck; sister Hilda M. [6] and brothers Bertram C. [5] and Richard R. [3] all born in Burwell and brother Arthur R. [1] born in Fordham.

1901 census...Aged 10, he was at Carter Street, Fordham with his parents, sister Hilda Margaret, brothers Bertram Charles (bricklayer's labourer), Richard Reginald (keeping birds from sown grain on farm), Arthur Robert and sister Emily [8] born Fordham. Also there was his aunt, Susan Bell [36]

1911 census...Not found, probably already in U.S.A. (not identified on passenger lists available). His parents and sister Emily were at Pound Lane, Fordham.

He enlisted in New Hampshire, U.S.A..
The 103rd Infantry were part of the US 52nd (Yankee) Division. 14th September 1918 was the day the American took Fresnes-en-Woevre, just west of Metz.

From "The History of the 103rd infantry", Frank Hume :-
At 12:00 o'clock, 13 Sept. 1918 our leading elements reached the heights near St. Maurice and orders were received by our regiment to occupy the towns of Billy-sur-les-Cotes and Vieville-sur-les-Cot'es, which was done immediately. The 2nd Battalion occupied these two towns with the 3rd and 1st Battalions in woods on the heights directly behind. Billy was found in ruins having been burned by the enemy. Vieville was practically in the same condition. During the advance about 900 prisoners were captured by this regiment. Also 6-77 m/m. guns, 2-105's; 3-210's, 4-150's about 60 light Machine Guns, several heavy machine guns and 1 large Minnenweufer, in addition large stores of engineering material in various dumps in our zone of advance, many small railroad cars, a portable steam engine and a large amount of Quartermaster Stores. Upon reaching the final objective, out-posts were at once established and maintained until the morning of the 14th Sept. 1918, when the regiment was relieved by the French. Liaison was at all times maintained with elements on the left and right and to the rear after the assault had fairly started. Our casualties were light in comparison with what was accomplished: 17 men were killed, 94 slightly wounded, 17 seriously wounded, 1 officer slightly wounded. No gas was encountered."

His Army records have not been found, just his entry in the American Battlefield Monuments Commission database where he is entered as George E Parr.

The U.S. Army Victory Medal of WW1, which could carry battle clasps, but it is unknown if Eustace was awarded any

Eustace Parr is buried in Saint Mihiel WW1 Cemetery, France ,grave C:29:17

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