Wednesday, July 11, 2012
World War One Wednesday
The above picture (I apologize for the small size, it's a scan of a photocopy.) is of her father PFC Herbert Newton Parsons, Company E, 14th Engineers.
Herbert enlisted in the Army in New Haven, Connecticut when the call for volunteers went out. For years, Ella was told her father lied about his age to get into the Army. And this was true. But while she had always thought he'd lied and made himself older to get in, in reality, he lied to make himself younger. He was over the age limit for early volunteers, so he lied. His family thought his birth year was 1898, when he was actually born in 1895.
Herbert Parsons was sent to France where he was a train engineer for the Allied forces. When he returned to the States after an honorable discharge in 1919, he went on to engineer trains for the Santa Fe Railroad. He died in 1965.