30-year-old Armourer-Corporal Edwin Baskerville Parry was killed in action on 1st October 1918 whilst serving with the 16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. He was born in Birmingham on 11th December 1887 and was the eldest of the four children of parents Edwin (a builder) and Annie (née Tanner) who had married in Edgbaston in April 1887. It was Edwin’s second marriage, as his first wife, Caroline, had died in 1884, aged 31, leaving him with a young son, Arthur Edwin Parry (1875-1955).
The family moved to “Brookside”, Old Station Road, Hampton-in-Arden around 1908, with Edwin becoming a well-known local builder. His second wife, Annie, appears to have died in 1904, aged 43, and he died in 1921, aged 69. After his death, it seems his son Barry Sullivan Parry (1875-1937) continued to live at “Brookside”, as newspapers report his sudden death from a duodenal ulcer there in 1937 . The Parry family had connections with Hampton-in-Arden at least into the 1950s, as Arthur Edwin Parry’s name appears on Monumental Inscriptions for the village in 1955.
It appears that Edwin Baskerville Parry emigrated to Canada in 1912, appearing on the ship’s passenger list as a labourer. After the outbreak of war, he volunteered for service in the Canadian Infantry on 4th February 1916, giving his age as 28 years and one month, and his occupation as a pipe fitter.
He was killed in action and is buried at Canada Cemetery, Tilloy-les-Cambrai, France. Having left the area, he is not commemorated on Hampton-in-Arden war memorial.
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