In memoriam: Harold Parry, Second Lieutenant, K.R.R.C.
Category: First World War
London W.H.Smith & Son. The Arden Press. London. 1917.
First limited edition; 8vo; half cloth binding. Parry was born in 1896 in Bloxwich Staffordshire. He won a scholarship to Queen Mary's Grammar School in Walsall, and in 1915 he won an Open History Scholarship to Exeter College, Oxford. In January 1916 while at Oxford he volunteered for army service, and was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. After training at Rugeley he transferred to the 17th battalion of the King's Royal Rifle Corps. He served at the Somme in France, and in November 1916 moved with his battalion to the Ypres Salient in Flanders. He was killed on 6 May 1917, by shellfire on the Yser Canal section. He had written poetry before the war, and his experiences at the Somme and in Flanders led to his returning to poetry. After his death, In Memoriam was published and includes letters and poems by Parry compiled by Geoffrey Dennis. Some of his poems were published in the anthology Songs from the Heart of England (1920), edited by Alfred Moss and with a foreword by Jerome K. Jerome. Parry is buried in Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery, in West Flanders. The headstone bears the inscription "Death is the Gate To the High Road of Life And Love is the Way (Harold Parry)". There is a hand written note on the rear free end paper "Given to me by Daddy. This is one of 500 copies published & given by Victor Parry, brother to the author, to Daddy. Parry's photo - as appearing in the front of this book - is in the Boy's Hall - Queen Mary's Grammar School, Walsall. Remember? M. Bolland 10.10.44. Mary Bolland's ownership inscription to front free end paper. Near fine edges of boards a little tanned.