George William Parnham (1890–1951)


Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 13410 3rd Battalion

Photo courtesy Carol Beadle

Photo of George William Parnham

George William Parnham was born in January 1890 at Alfreton. His father was Benjamin Parnham, a plate-layer for the railway, and his mother was Ellen Rebecca (née Poundall). In the early 1900s the family took over the tenancy of Hill Top Farm, Crich. His father became a farmer and as a young child George helped. He kept a few pigeons in the barn and it was while trying to catch one of these that he fell from the barn roof and broke his leg. The family were staunch Methodists so George went to Bible class with his sister Edith, and also he belonged to the Boy’s Brigade. When he was fifteen his father died leaving his mother to run the farm and make ends meet. She took in washing. George would go and collect the washing in a pony and trap. Eventually the farm had to be given up and the family moved to a small house in Crich village, but six months later Ellen Rebecca died. George had missed a lot of schooling because he had to help on the farm, so he was not considered bright. A family story tells that when the school inspectors visited the school, he would be sent to fill up the ink wells so that he was not questioned. Upon becoming an orphan George went to lodge with the Ludlow family; he was then a miner at Tibshelf pit. When the War broke out he joined the army in 1914, leaving his few belongings with the Ludlow family. During fighting in September 1916 at Ypres he was shot, the bullet lodging itself in a main artery. George was shipped back to England and then taken by train to a hospital in Sheffield, but by this time gangrene had set into his leg and he had to have the limb removed just above his knee. George was discharged from the army in January 1917 as 100% disabled. On 17th April 1917 he married Florence Martha Love at Skegby Church. In 1951 he died aged sixty-one.

There was a player called G Parnham on a photograph of Crich Brigade Football Club dated1904–1905.

Photo courtesy Les Barber

Crich Brigade Football Club 1905

H. Barber; A. Leafe; L.Coleman
A.Sulley; D.P.Hawkes(Capt); H.Stocks
S.Berrisford; E.Mason; J.Leafe; G.Parnham; E.W.Hartle

With thanks to Carol Beadle for information and photographs.

Medal Roll Index
He was awarded the Victory, British War and 15 Star Medals. He was also awarded a Silver War Badge 106497 and King's Certificate 205
He entered France 15 July 1915 and was discharged 1 September 1917.

Silver War Badge
13410 Pte George Parnham, 106497, enlisted 26/8/14, discharged 6/1/17 of wounds ; served overseas

Pension Record
Enlisted 26 August 1914 at Mansfield aged 24 years & 236 days; a coal miner banksman. He was 5ft 6½, weighing 122lb, blue eyes and brown hair. Tattoo of man and bird on his left forearm and scars on chest and back. He was discharged under Para 392 xvi having gunshot wound to his left thigh (on 15/09/15) resulting in leg being amputated. Very good character.
26/08/14 to 13/07/15 Home
14/07/15 to 08/10/15 BEF
09/10/15 to 06/01/17 Home.
Next of kin was his sister Edith Parnham (who married John Isaac Hartshorne)

George Parnham outside Hill top Farm
George Parham in Sunday best clothes
George parnaham and friend
George Parnham and friend in uniform
Georhe Parnham and friens in uniform
  1. George outside Hill Top Farm

  2. George in Sunday best

  3. George, standing with unknown friend

  4. George standing with unknown friend

  5. George sitting, unknown friend standing

1939 Register: Cornhill Road, Carlton
George W Parnham b.2 January 1890; disabled soldier
Martha F Parnham b.9 November 1882
George Parnham b.8 March 1918; driller and miller operator, cycle works

George Parnham married Florence Martha Love on 17th April 1917 at Skegby Church


1891: Hilltop Farm, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Benjamin Parnham Head 40 Farmer Lambley
Ellen Parnham wife 38   S. Wingfield
Edith Parnham daughter 4   Alfreton
George William Parnham son 11   Alfreton

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1901: Hilltop Farm, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Benjamin Parnham Head 52 Farmer Lambley
Ellen Parnham wife 50   S. Wingfield
George William Parnham son 11   Alfreton

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