PARSONS Thomas William
3/1184, Private, No2 Field Ambulance, NZ Medical Corps

CITATION
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Gazetted 3 September 1918
France, April – May 1918.  For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty, while in charge of bearer squads.  Showing great courage, he carried on his work of rescuing wounded, under very heavy fire, at all times and under most difficult conditions.  He set a magnificent example to other bearers

Military Medal
Gazetted 26 April 1917
On September 16th. During operations on the SOMME he led stretcher parties through heavy shell fire to the Regimental Aid Posts.  He showed great bravery and self-sacrifice and especially on the night of the `6th September when the enemy used lachrymatory and gas shells he worked continuously in the Aid Post dressing wounded when the other bearers had been put out of action by the effects of the gas shells.

Bar to the Military Medal
Gazetted 23 February 1918
Action in front of BELLE VUE Spur, west of PASSCHENDAELE, on October 12th 1917, and following days. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.  On 12th October 1917, during attack on PASSCHENDAELE Ridge, Private T.W. Parsons being in charge of a bearer squad noticed some wounded men lying close up to the enemy's line and under sniper and machine gun fire. With the greatest coolness he rescued these men and noticing others lying in some shell holes returned again and again till he brought them all in. His enemy coolness and devotion to duty was a magnificent example to his squad and enabled many men to be rescued who would have died of exposure. He has repeatedly done meritorious service and in this case in spite of bearers being gassed and wounded he carried on unceasingly. Many men owe their lives to his devotion to duty.

AWARDS
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Military Medal and bar
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

NOTES
Born 19 November 1884, England
Died
THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT