One of the most famous photos to come out of the Titanic disaster was a picture taken of a newsboy standing on the street in Trafalgar Square. The boy was 16 year old Ned Parfett. Ned went on to enlist in the Royal Artillery in 1916, first as a dispatch rider. He was re-assigned to reconnaissance duties. Ned didn't flinch at combat. He was awarded the Military Medal and was included in several dispatches for his gallentry during several missions at the front lines. Ned was one of four brothers to serve. All would return home after the war except Ned. On October 29, 1918, Ned was due to go home on leave and stopped by the quartermaster's stores to get some clothes. While there, an enemy shell hit the building and Ned was one of those killed. This tragic event happened less than two weeks before the end of the war. Had Ned gotten his leave, he would have been home at the time the Armistice was signed. Ned died at the age of 22. It was 6-1/2 years after the famous photo of him was snapped. He was buried in the British War Cemetery at Verchain - Maugre in France.
Service No: 128981
Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery, 126th Bty. 29th Bde.
Honors: M M, Mentioned in Despatches
Son of George and Honorah Parfett, of 50, Ethelm St., Cornwall Rd., Lambeth, London.
Royal Field Artillery
Gravesite Details THANKS TO Davy Hermans for the burial location plus other information on this memorial.
THANKS TO Michael Whaley for a correction to this memorial.