Headstone in Old Church Cemetery, Cobh, County Cork, Ireland commemorating Frederick Parslow VC, d. 1915
Old Church Cemetery, Cobh, County Cork, Republic of Ireland
'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'
1914-1918 First World War
Date of Death: 1915
Cause of Death: War Casualty
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation: Merchant Marine
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, also named Frederick Parslow, 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.