1. Memorial:Khartoum War Cemetery Khartoum
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.131
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour1D GQS
4. Memorial:Warwickshire Masonic Memorial Erdington

Awards & Titles:


Early Life :

Brick Manufacturer (1905).

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 1st Battalion The Essex Regiment 

1st Battalion August 1914 : in Mauritius. Returned to England in December 1914. 18 January 1915 : moved to Banbury and attached to 88th Brigade in 29th Division. 21 March 1915 : sailed from Avinmouth for Gallipoli, going via Egypt and Mudros. Landed at Cape helles 25 April 1915. 8 January 1916 : evacuated from Gallipoli and moved to Egypt. 16 March 1915 : sailed from alexandria for France. 4 February 1918 : transferred to 112th Brigade in 37th Division

Action : Africa 

The East African Campaign was a series of battles and guerrilla actions which started in German East Africa (now Tanzania) and ultimately impacted portions of Mozambique, Northern Rhodesia, British East Africa, Uganda, and the Belgian Congo. The German colonial forces, led by Lieutenant Colonel Paul Emil von Lettow-Vorbeck, skillfully fought for the duration of World War I and surrendered only after that war had ended. Other campaigns were conducted in West and South West Africa.

Detail :

Evening Despatch - Wednesday 14 November 1917 -BIRMINGHAM ORGANIST’S DEATH IN THE ARMY "Sergeant William Henry Parton, late of Greenhill-road, Moseley, deputy organist of St. Agne s, Moseley, and a chorister of that church, is reported to have died from syncope in Egypt, where he has been serving in the Essex Regiment. Mr. Parton, who was 43 years of age, had led a very active public life as a resident of King’s Heath. The only son of Mr. W. H. Parton, of Kingswood Grange, Hollywood, a brick manufacturer of King’s Heath, who represented the district 25 years ago on the various public bodies of King’s Norton, he was elected some 11 or 12 years ago to represent one of the local wards on the now defunct King’s Norton and Northfield Urban District Council.

He took a keen interest in local sport, and captained the King’s Heath C.C. for one or two seasons. He was well known as a carnation grower, and in 1914 won the Martin-Smith and Leopold Rothschild Cups at the National Carnation Society’s competitions, and swept the boards of many other prizes. Soon after the war broke out he joined the Sportsmen’s Battalion, and was afterwards attached to the Essex Regiment. His eldest son is in the Army."

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : St Paul's No. 43 E.C.Warwickshire

27th December 1905
26th February 1906
23rd April 1906

The contribution records show that William was initiated into St. Paul's Lodge No. 43 in 1905, his 4 years of war service before the final annotation: "Died 17.11.17"

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