Private 13823- Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 7th Battalion- Enlisted in Huddersfield.
Fought in France & Flanders died 13 Mar 1916 (23) Killed in action by a sniper while on sentry duty he was buried Ypres West Flanders serving in the Western European Theatre of War.
Memorial Ypres (Menin Gate) West Vlaanderen Panel 47
Father Henry Parsell was a joiner, mother Frances (nee Dodd). James had one brother William and two sisters, Jane and Julie.
On 2nd April the 1911 Census showed him as a pawnbroker and jeweller’s shop assistant aged 18 living in Throston, near Hartlepool, Durham.
James had two brothers William, who was profoundly deaf and a joiner and Thomas Edward (Tom), a steel worker in Hartlepool and two sisters, Jane Anne and Julia May.
Tuesday 28th March 1916 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Death of local soldier
We are informed of the death of Private J H Parsell 7th Battalion KOYLI who before enlisting on 1st September 1914 was an assistant to Mr G Craven, Pawnbroker, High Street.
It appears that Private Parsell fell to a sniper’s bullet on March 13th and only a week before reported that his battalion were experiencing heavy fighting. He had been in France since July last year and went through the battle of Loos. His death is keenly regretted for though he did not come to Huddersfield until the early part of 1913 he had made many friends. He resided first in South Street and then at Dalton. The members of the second eleven football team of the Local Assistants’ and Warehousemen’s Union will remember the active part he took in their Wednesday afternoon matches. He was a member and regular attender of the Young Men’s Class and the Christian Endeavour at New North Road Baptist Church where a special memorial service was held last Sunday evening.