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Parry, Rev. George Edward Maule

The Rev. G. E. M. Parry, The Bishop of Barking writes: - Thr Rev.George Edward Maule Parry, C.F., was one of four sons of Canon Allen James Parry, till recently Vicar of St. Peter’ s, Upton Cross, and Rural Dean of West Ham. All four were on service, two in the Regular Army. Two have now given their lives for their country, Peter in North Africa in November, 1942, and now George in France. George was educated at Farnfields Preparatory School, Bickley; Weymouth College; King’ s College, London; and he was trained for Holy Orders at Bishop’ s College, Cheshunt. I have watched his career from childhood. At every turn he had amply fulfilled expectations, and I entertained high hopes of him when he began his ministry under Canon Brown, Vicar of St. John’ s, Leytonstone, a masterhand, in 1938.His vicar died on the day that war began and George was severely tested in having to take charge of an important parish while still scarcely fledged. He won the love of the people, as he did some months later when he took charge of a Forest Gate parish, whose vicar was a chaplain to the forces. In 1941 he joined up as a chaplain himself and served for 19 months in West Africa. In 1942 he was transferred to the Parachute Regiment with which he preceeded to the invasion. Already several fine chaplains have lost their lives in France. George Parry adds lustre to their number. The Times, 1 July 1944

London, Tuesday: Answering Sir Herbert Williams, who asked if any statement could be made about the murder of Rev. George Parry, chaplain to the forces, by the Germans in Normandy, Sir James Grigg, Secretary for War, stated in the House of Commons that the matter would be investigated.

Rev. Parry, aged 29, landed in Normandy with the 6th Airborne Division. A war correspondent reported that he was killed with a knife or bayonet while defending helpless wounded men during a German raid on a medical aid post. The Germans set upon the wounded in a frenzied state, shooting and bayoneting them, Rev. Parry threw himself between the Nazis and the wounded troops. The Argus, Melbourne, Wed., 12 July 1944.


First name(s)Rev. George Edward Maule
Date of birthFeb 1915
Place of birthRomford
Family detailsSon of Rev Allen James and Muriel Constance St John Parry of Leytonstone
Previous educationFarnfields Preparatory School, Bickley; Weymouth College;
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dates at college1933 -1937
Dept / courseTheology
Military unitArmy Chaplain’ s Department attd 7th Battalion Parachute Regt
Service number173033
War / conflictWorld War Two (1939-1945)
CampaignsWest Africa; D-Day landing
Date of death06/06/1944
Age at death29
Rank at deathCaptain Chaplain 4th Class
Place of deathCalvados, Operation Overlord
Cause of deathMurdered
Burial placeBenouville Churchyard - Grave 21
Commemoration(s)King’ s College Chapel
SourcesKing’ s College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; Crockfords Clerical Directory 1930; The Times; The Argus, Melbourne

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