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George Frederick Parish WW1

by Jess Gibby | People, World War One

24627 George Frederick Parish’s relationship to the village of Bishopsteignton is a bit of an enigma. If the information on the memorial is correct, then it seems that he is George Parish of Colebrook, Devon and he is on the memorial in Colebrook as well. As a gardener living in Kingkerswell, perhaps he was working at Lindridge or one of the other large gardens in the village? He joined the 8th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment and was killed in France on the 9th May 1917.

Early Life

When George Frederick Parish was born in 1878 in Colebrook, Devon, his father, George, was 30 years old and his mother, Sarah, was also 30 years old. He married Kate Susan Parish (née Marks) in 1901. They had one child during their marriage –  Frederick George – whose birth was registered in Totnes in 1905. In 1911 George is recorded as a domestic gardener living at Weston Cottage, Kingkerswell. Perhaps his connection to Bishopsteignton was working at Lindridge or one of the other large gardens in the village?

Military Experience

Like several others in the village, George joined the Devonshire Regiment 8th Battalion with the Service No 24627 and the history / experience of the 8th Battalion during this period can be found here.[1]

Death and Burial

He died on 9th May 1917 in France at the age of 39 and  is commemorated at the Arras Memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France. Bay 4 Memorial ID 124745596 . [2]


It seemed that Kate lived until 1948 with her presence in Exeter recorded in the 1939 census. Are you part of this family or know any more about George Parish?  If so, please contact us.