Private John Parr is considered to be the first British soldier killed in action during World War 1 and there is still great debate amongst historians as to how he died. The most likely version is that whilst on a mission as a bike scout he ran into the advancing German army in Belgium and was never seen again.
So what connection do I have to this important event?
Well, the Parr family and indeed John Parr himself lived at 52 Lodge Lane in Finchley for many years, a building that I walk past on a daily basis as it is right next to our offices!
And so on Thursday 21st August at 2.30pm there will be a short public ceremony where a memorial paving stone will be officially unveiled by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Greater London and dedicated by the Archdeacon of Hampstead at No.52.
I will certainly be there to pay homage to a little piece of history right on our doorstep…..
David Duncan, Accounts Manager
Posted on Tuesday, 12th August 2014