James Parrott, Private 15399, 8th Battalion South Lancashire Regiment
Died of wounds 18th October 1915 in Belgium, aged 43
James Parrott was baptised on 25 September 1872 at St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield, the son of James Parrott, a weaver of Higginbotham St, Macclesfield. By 1881, nine year old James was living at Court 2, House 3 Parsonage Street, Macclesfield with his parents James and Harriet and siblings Thomas (12), Elizabeth (3), John (10 months) and step brother Thomas Mills (7).
Ten years later, in 1891, the family had moved to 77 Bank Street and James was employed as a silk weaver.
In 1903, at the age of 30, James married Hannah Swarbrook at the Brunswick Methodist Church, Chapel Street, Sutton (now part of Macclesfield), and in 1911 the couple lived at 64 Brown Street, Macclesfield.
James served with the 4th Cheshire regiment during the South African wars with service number 17369 and rejoined the army in Macclesfield, this time joining the 8th Battalion South Lancashire Regiment with service number 15399. He arrived in France on 28th September 1915 and died of his wounds only three weeks later on 18th October 1915. His death was reported in the Macclesfield Times of 12th November 1915 (his age is overstated in the newspaper; he was only 43 years of age):
Official intimation has been received that Private James Parrott, 8th South Lancashire Regiment, of 64 Brown Street, died on October 18th of wounds sustained in France. Private Parrott was 55 years of age and leaves a widow to mourn her loss. He was educated at St George’s School, and first joined the army on July 7th 1897, when he was attached to the 4th Cheshire Regt. He served until July 6th 1903, rejoined on June 1st 1904 and continued until May 31st 1908, when he received his discharge with a certificate of good conduct. After leaving the army he worked for Messrs Smale as a silk weaver until he enlisted again about 11 months ago.
Private James Parrott is buried in Grave Ref. E. 5. of the Maple Leaf Cemetery near Ypres in Belgium.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private James Parrott, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.