Fast forward a few years later and Reginald's niece, Elizabeth, got in touch to tell me a bit more about him and a very good story of Reg's life in the military.
He was a native or born at Barton and residing by the look of things and lived at 19 W.Acridge.
The photo below shows Reg at the tome or near it of winning his gallantry medal with the 19th Hussars (Cavalry)
A pictorial illustration which was published in a number of newspapers-unfortunately this issue is none too clear but it shows Reg winning his DCM by extricating a comrade from beneath a dead horse under fire from a closely advancing enemy.
Official citation reads: For gallantry on 23rd October, in extricating a comrade from beneath a fallen horse under a heavy fire from the enemy, who were only a few hundred yards away.
"On Daisy, October 5, 1919. At camp - West Lulworth.''
By now a corporal this photo was taken after the war had ended.
A report in the Hull Daily Mail of 8.12.1914 states that he was the son of Mr. Charles Parnaby of Westfield Road, and that the said Reginald Parnaby was aged 23 years, so born about 1891
In the 1901census the family were residing at Brunswick Road, West Derby, Liverpool Lancashire.
The census reads;
Charles S. Parnaby 32 insurance superintendent born Yorkshire, Hull
Elizabeth wife 32 born Derbyshire, Lonsford or Longford?
Reginald son 9 born Yorkshire, Mosborough, South Yorkshire?
Doris daughter 5 born '' '' '' ''
In 1911 the family were at 23, Offer? Street, Derby. The family present were Charles Parnaby (retired), Elizabeth his wife, and Doris Steel Parnaby daughter 15.
Charles and Elizabeth Parnaby had been married 21 years and had had 3 children all living.
The strange part is that there appears to be no birth registration for a Reginald Parnaby in 1891/2 or a Doris, Doris S., or Doris Steel Parnaby about 1895/6
Charles Septimus Parnaby married Mary Elizabeth Steel 1891 quarter 2 in the West Derby, Lancs. District.
This from the Hull Daily Mail has him living at West Ackridge (sic) Barton on Humber North Lincs 19th Hussars.
Medal Roll and MIC have him transferring from the Hussars (no. 9763) to the Mounted Military Police (No. P3954) (22.9.16). Serving in Europe with the Hussars from 10.9.14 to 20.5.15 and in theatre 3 10.1.17 to 11.11.18 with the M.M.P. 9Military Mounted Police.
After the war had ended, Reg soldiered on, in fact until 1944 after when he took part with three military generations of his family in Hull's second victory parade. He had attained the rank of Squadron Sergeant Major, after which he was due to join the police!
Many thanks go to Elizabeth for furnishing me with the photos and article.