On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action.
Beresford Frank Parsons: 23rd January
Pupil Engineer, City Gas Works, Birmingham.
Second Lieutenant, Royal Flying Corps.
Killed in a flying accident.
Sec. Lieut. BERESFORD FRANK PARSONS, R.F.C., was born in Birmingham on 18th March 1892.
He received his early education at Solihull Grammar School and at King Edward’s High School, Birmingham.
In 1908 he began an apprenticeship of four years at the Birmingham Corporation Gas Works, and during the same period studied at the Birmingham Technical School.
On the completion of his term he remained at the Gasworks as assistant engineer.
In 1914 he joined the 6th Warwicks Territorials, and in the following March went to France. After 13 or 14 months he came home for his Commission, which he obtained in October 1916, and was attached to the Royal Flying Corps.
His death took place from an accident while flying, on 23rd January 1917, in his twenty-fifth year.
He became a Graduate of this Institution in 1913.
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