PARBERY Cyril

Category: Military
Rank: Private G/3091
Regiment or Ship: 9th Bn Royal Sussex Regiment
Service Number(s): G/3091
Occupation: Trainee Upholsterer (1911)
Date of Birth: 08.01.1896
Place of Birth: Bexhill, Sussex
Date of Death: 1970
Place of Death: Bexhill, SussexAddress: Acacia House, 36 Windsor Road, Bexhill

Photos and newspaper articles

Family Information

Parents:          John Whitsey Parbery, b. 1871 in Hulme, Manchester, d. 1967, and Agnes Parbery (nee Bourner) b. 1870 in Tenterden, Kent, d. 1954.

Siblings:

John Henry Parbery, b. 1894 in Bexhill, d. 1919 in France. W0242 PARBERY John Henry

Elizabeth Alice Parbery, b. 1899 in Cape Colony, Capetown (British).

Violet May Parbery, b. 1903 in Kingsthorpe, Northamptonshire.

In 1896 John’s family lived at Stockleigh in Windsor Road but, on 25th May 1897, they travelled to Cape Town aboard the ‘Nineveh’. Their third child, Elizabeth Alice, was born there, and by 1901 they were living at 46 High Street, Kingsthorpe, Northamptonshire. In 1911, however, they had moved back to Windsor Road, Bexhill, this time to No. 36. In 1896 John was a photographer but subsequently gave his occupation as house painter and paperhanger.

In 1920 Cyril married a Margaret C. Walker in the Battle registration district but no children of this marriage have been found.

First World War Experience

As Cyril’s service records have not survived we know very little of his war service. What little we do know has been gleaned from the local newspapers. From the Bexhill Observer dated 3rd July 1915 we find that he was present at a St. Barnabas Company, Church Lads’ Brigade party. Here he is listed as being a Corporal but all other records state that he was a Private – so, either the newspaper got it wrong or he was, for a short time an Acting Corporal. On 18th May 1918, in the Bexhill Chronicle, he was listed as being missing, but obviously everything was alright as he came home and married in 1920. In the obituary of his brother, John Henry, it was stated that Cyril had been wounded during the war years but no further information is forthcoming.

Cyril entered the European Theatre of War (France) on 31st August 1915 and he was awarded the 1914-1915 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

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