Albert Parrish

A Gerringong farmer, Albert Parrish was born at Foxground, son of Thomas and Susanna.

Albert embarked at Brisbane on HMAT Kyarra on 3rd January 1916, with the 8th Reinforcement of the 25th Battalion AIF, joining the Pioneers in Egypt.


HMAT Kyarra

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Albert was killed in action on 27th May 1918 at Pont Noyelle by a bursting shell. According to Lieut.Grove of the Australian Pioneers:

He worked at the Q.M.’s store. His brother was killed at Westhoek
Ridge, Ypres, last year, and I was with his brother too when he was
killed. A.Parrish was good looking, about 5 ft 10, clean shaven, and
very quiet. I was about ¼ mile away from him at the time, and didn’t
see him killed. He was killed by an aeroplane bomb while looking
after the store on the Main Albert-Amiens Road. He was killed

And this account from Cpl. Smith of the 2nd Australian Pioneers:

He was killed instantly by a shell in the evening just before
dark. He was buried at Franvillers by the Padre, and a proper
cross was put up. I took his job over after he was hit. Jerry
was shelling, and instead of staying in the dug-out he went
into a field and was hit there. Two or three others were killed
with him.

Kiama Independent. 19 June 1918.

Kiama Independent. 19 June 1918.

Albert’s younger brother Thomas Lindsay Parrish was killed earlier in 1917. Both Parrish boys attained the rank of Lance Corporal.

The grave of Albert Parrish is amongst these.

The grave of Albert Parrish is amongst these.

The grave of 5068 Private (Pte) John Cook Smith of Darling River, NSW, 27th Battalion, killed in action (KIA) 7 June 1918, in Franvillers Cemetery. Left to right is the grave of 3862 Pte Horace Pearce of Richmond, NSW, 20th Battalion, KIA 5 June 1918; 4851A Corporal Gerald Saville Maxwell of Bendigo, Vic, 28th Battalion, KIA 1 June 1918; 1942 Sapper Frederick Lawrence Green of Kyneton, Vic, 7th Field Company Australian Engineers, KIA 27 May 1918 (deceased’s uncle and four cousins were killed in action); 6176 Pte Frederick William Masson (Frederick William Deakin Masson) of Northam, WA, 28th Battalion, KIA 1 June 1918; 3608 Lance Corporal (L Cpl) Albert Parrish of Gerringong, NSW, 2nd Australian Pioneers, KIA 27 May 1918 (brother of 3607 L Cpl Thomas Lindsay Parrish, 2nd Australian Pioneers, who died of wounds 25 September 1917); 6649 (Roll of Honour shows 6640) Pte John Reid, enlisted Claremont, WA, 28th Battalion, KIA 1 June 1918. This image is one of a set of photographs of the original graves of some members of the 27th Battalion. The Battalion funded the purchase of the camera through its adjutant Captain (Capt) Southon for 5541 Pte G R Barrington to photograph the graves. The camera and negatives were then acquired by Major John L Treloar on behalf of the Australian War Museum, reimbursing costs for the camera to Capt Southon.