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Wartime Weston: Soldier killed by friendly fire 100 years ago remembered by family

PUBLISHED: 19:00 18 October 2017

Milton Frank Parsons' family at the war memorial. Picture: John Crockford-Hawley

Milton Frank Parsons' family at the war memorial. Picture: John Crockford-Hawley

John Crockford-Hawley

A Weston-super-Mare family gathered at the town’s war memorial to remember their grandfather on the 100th anniversary of his death during World War One.

Gardener Milton Frank Parsons and his wife Ethel and three children lived in George Street. He joined the 7th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry two years into the war, and he was accidentally killed by his comrades at the Somme in October 1917.

A diary entry from a junior officer explains how the sentry did not know a patrol was out on the frontline. When the patrol returned, the sentry fired and killed Private Parsons.

No men from the Parsons family survived the war.

His family visited the Grove Park memorial to lay a wreath.

The Mercury is compiling Weston stories from World War One to coincide with next year’s centenary. You can send your stories and pictures to newsdesk@westonmercury.co.uk

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