William Parsons, 5th Earl of Rosse

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William Edward Parsons

Birthdate: (44)
Death: June 10, 1918 (44)
Immediate Family:

Son of Lawrence Parsons, 4th Earl of Rosse and Frances Cassandra Parsons
Husband of Frances Lois Vesey, Viscountess de Vesci of Abbey Leix
Father of Michael Parsons, 6th Earl of Rosse; Mary Bridget Parsons and Desmond Parsons
Brother of Lady Lady Muriel Frances Mary Frances Mary Grenfell and Hon. Geoffrey Lawrence Parsons

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About William Parsons, 5th Earl of Rosse


William Edward Parsons, 5th Earl of Rosse (14 June 1873 – 10 June 1918) was the son of Lawrence Parsons, 4th Earl of Rosse and Frances Cassandra Hawke. He was elected a Representative Peer in 1911. He fought in the First World War and died on 10 June 1918 at age 44, from wounds received in action.

Lord Oxmantown, as he then was, was commissioned into a militia battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment in 1896 and promoted Lieutenant shortly afterwards. He was commissioned as a regular officer in the Coldstream Guards in 1897, but transferred to the Irish Guards on its formation in 1900. He was promoted Captain in 1900 and Major in 1906. He resigned his commission in 1908, but returned to service in the First World War.

Marriage and children

He married Frances Lois Lister-Kaye (1882-1984), daughter of Sir Cecil Lister-Kaye, 4th Baronet and Lady Beatrice Adeline Pelham-Clinton, on 19 October 1905. They had three children:

Lawrence Michael Harvey Parsons, 6th Earl of Rosse (b. 28 September 1906, d. c 1979), married Anne Messel, daughter of Lt.-Col. Leonard Charles Rudolph Messel and had issue.

Lady Mary Bridget Parsons (b. 27 October 1907)

Hon. Desmond Edward Parsons (b. 13 December 1910, d. 4 July 1937)

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William Parsons, 5th Earl of Rosse's Timeline

June 14, 1873
September 28, 1906
Age 33
October 27, 1907
Age 34
December 13, 1910
Age 37
June 10, 1918
Age 44