Monday 21st August 2017 was the centenary of 2Lt Hardy Parsons GLOSTERS being awarded the VC. 

His birthplace was in the County of Lancashire. Consequently, and in common with nearly all such previous ceremonies, the Parsons VC paving slab was laid at Rishton, near Blackburn, Lancashire.

Hardy Falconer Parsons was educated at King Edward VII School at Lytham St Annes and Kingswood School, Bath. Thereafter he began his studies as a Medical Student at the University of Bristol. 

As 20 years old, he was serving as a Second Lieutenant in the 14th (Service) Battalion of The Gloucestershire Regiment. On the night of 20/21 August 2017 near Epehy he led his men in an attack. An extract from The London Gazette, dated 17 October 1917, records the following:


For most conspicuous bravery during a night attack by a strong party of the enemy on a bombing post held by his command. The bombers holding the block were forced back, but Second Lieutenant Parsons remained at his post, and, single-handed, and although severely scorched and burnt by liquid fire, he continued to hold up the enemy with bombs until severely wounded. This very gallant act of self-sacrifice and devotion to duty undoubtedly delayed the enemy long enough to allow of the organisation of a bombing party, which succeeded in driving back the enemy before they could enter any portion of the trenches. The gallant officer succumbed to his wounds.

The Mess at the Bristol University Officer Training Corps, Artillery Grounds, Whiteladies Road, Bristol is named the Falconer Parsons VC Mess in his honour.

Each Year since its formation the Somerset Branch of the Regimental Association mark  the anniversary of the Battle of the Imjin, Korea on a Sunday as near as possible to the 25th of March.

Rifles Exercise the Freedom of Bristol

Anniversary Parade & Service To Mark The End Of The War In Korea

Windsor 23rd October 2015
Commemorating the Centenary of The Battle of Loos and the 70th anniversary of the ending of WW2
A parade through Windsor, followed by a Service in St. Georges Chapel in the presence of the Colonel in Chief, HRH the Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Duke of Gloucester. A reception was held in the State Apartments.

 Marking the end of RGBW with a parade in Windsor followd by a reception in the presence of the
Colonel in Chief HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
On the 1st  February 2007 RGBW merged with the Devon and Dorset Light Infantry to become 1st. Battalion The Rifles.

Back Badge Reunion Annual Service And March Past Bristol 2012