Major-General Sir Harold Daniel Edmund Parsons KCMG CB
Colonel-Commandant, Royal Army Ordnance Corps.
Born 3rd July, 1863 - Died 13th February, 1925
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Major-General Sir Harold Daniel Edmund Parsons, K.C.M.G., C.B, Colonel-Commandant, Royal Army Ordnance Corps.
Born 3rd July, 1863; Commissioned from Sandhurst in "The Queen's," R.W, Surrey Regt., 10th May, 1882; promoted Captain, 12th April, 1891; Major (R. W. Surrey Regt.), 29th September, 1898; attached to Ordnance Store Department, 1st March, 1890; appointed D.A.C.G., O.S.D., 8th October, 1890; O.O. 4th Class and Captain, 1st April, 1896; O.O. 3rd Class, 1st April, 1900; Major, A.O.C., 1st February, 1904; O.O. 2nd Class and Lieut.-Colonel, 2nd November, 1904; O.O. 1st Class and Colonel, 1st August, 1910; appointed Tempy. Brig.-General, 10th October, 1914.; Tempy. P.O.O. and Tempy. Hon. Major-General, 4th August, 1916; promoted Hon. Major-General, 1st January, 1917; D.E.O.S., War Office, 10th June, 1918; promoted Major-General, 29th June, 1918; Principal Ordnance Officer, 30th June, 1920. Retired 3rd July, 1923. Appointed Colonel-Commandant, R.A.O.C., 18th October, 1924. Died 13th February, 1925.
Staff Services, etc.–A.D.O.S. Scottish Command, 14th February, 1910 to 14th September, 1910; A.D.O.S., S. Africa, 4th November, 1910 to 24th May, 1914; D.D.O.S. L. of C., France, 10th September, 1914 to 9th October, 1914; D.O.S. France, to 30th May, 1918.
War Services, etc.–Burmese Expedition, 1886-1888. Served as Supt. Army Signalling, 3rd Brigade; Medal with 2 clasps. S. African War, 1889-1902. Operations in the Orange Free State, February to May, 1900. Operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, 1899-1900. Operations in Cape Colony, north of Orange River. Operations in the Transvaal, February to March, 1901. Operations in Cape Colony, 30th November, 1900 to January, 1901. Appointed to act in a superior Departmental Rank (A. Ord. Dept.) from 9th October, 1899. Despatches, London. Gazette, 16th April, 1901. Queen's medal with 3 clasps; King's medal with 2 clasps; C.M.G.
1914-1919. On Staff. France and Belgium, 10th September, 1914 to 31st May, 1918. Despatches, London Gazette, 17th February, 1915, 1st January, 1916, 4th January, 1917, 11th, 12th, 17th, and 20th December, 1918. Granted hon. rank of Major-General. American Distinguished Service Medal; Order of Leopold 3rd Class; Bulgian War Cross; Order of St. Stanlslas 2nd Class with swords; 1914 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal; K.O.M.O.; O.B,
A medal dealer (Gordons) advertised the following in their Winter Catalogue 2003. They appear to have been estimated at £675 and on the back cover there was a picture of the undermentioned.
An exceptional group of twelve miniatures attributed to: Major-General Sir H.D.E. Parsons Colonel-Commandant Royal Army Ordnance Corps, late The Queen's (Royal West Surrey)
Order of St Michael & St. George (KC.M.G.), gold and enamel; Order of the Bath (C.B.), gold and enamel; I.G.S. 1854-95, 2 Clasps: BURMA 1885-7, BURMA 1887-9; Q.S.A. 1899-1900,3 Clasps: C.C., O F,S,, TRNS., K.S.A, 2 Clasps: S.A. 01, S.A. 02; 1914 Star; B.W.M.; Y.M., with M.I.D. Oakleaf. Belgium: Order of Leopold with Swords and rosette on ribbon (representing Commanders neck badge), gilt and enamel; Imperial Russia: Order of St. Stanislaus with swords (representing 2nd Class neck badge) gilt and enamel; United States: Army Distinguished Service Medal; Belgium: Croix de Guerre. Mounted loose style as worn, and housed in a Spink & Son Ltd., case.
Major General Sir Harold Daniel Edmund Parsons, K.C.M.G., C.B., (1863-1925). Born in London and educated at Edinburgh Academy and Dulwich College; joined the Royal West Surrey Regt., 1882, and served with the 2nd Btn., in India 1882-1890; Supt. Army Signalling, 3rd Brigade for the Burma Campaign 1886-88; transferred to the Army Ordnance Dept, 1890; served in South Africa (M.I.D. 16/4/1901; C.M.G.), and in the Great War (M.I.D. seven times – 17/2/1915, 1/1/1916, 4/1/1917, 11/12/1918, 12/12/1918, 17/12/1918, 20/12/1918; K.C.M.G.; CB); Major General Parsons was appointed Principal Ordnance Officer, 1920, and retired 1923; in October 1924, just before his death, he was appointed Colonel-Commandant, Royal Army Ordnance Corps.