Memorial: M6603

Memorial in Old Church Cemetery, Cobh, County Cork, Ireland dedicated to Frederick Parslow VC, d. 1915

Location

Old Church Cemetery, Cobh, County Cork, Ireland

Transcript

"F.D. PARSLOW. VC / MASTER / S.S. "ANGLO-CALIFORNIAN" / 4th JULY 1915, AGE 59 / AT THE GOING DOWN / OF THE SUN / AND IN THE MORNING / WE WILL REMEMBER THEM"

Details

Description: Stone headstone, with a crowned naval anchor in rope above the transcript and the carved image of a Victoria Cross below.
Type: Headstone
Vessel: Anglo-Californian

Event Date

1915

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Parslow, Frederick
Age: 59
Date of Death: 1915
Cause of Death: War Casualty
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation: Merchant Marine

Extra

Notes: Parslow distinguished himself in action against the German submarine U-39 on the 4th July 1915.
It was for this action that Parslow won his Victoria Cross. Commanding the merchant ship Anglo-Californian, Parslow was responsible for some 3,000 horses destined for the war effort.
The Anglo-Californian, travelling without escort, came under contact from U-39 and sustained heavy damage. Parslow under great personal risk continued to alter his ships course and in doing so, successfully staved off destruction. However, as Parslow had opted to remain on the ship's bridge, without protection, he was killed when the bridge was wrecked. Following Parslow's death and in lieu of a captain, the ship's first mate and Parslow's son, succeeded to command the Anglo-Californian and managed to ward off U-39 until two British destroyers arrived on scene to render assistance and drive the submarine away.

For his gallantry Parslow was posthumously awarded a commission in the Royal Navy Reserve, after much debate, that he may be awarded the Victoria Cross for his distinguished command, and his disregard for personal safety that saved his crew and cargo.

See also M6602.

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