Thame Remembers Flying Officer Thomas Hayward Parrott
Thomas Hayward Parrott was born around 1917, but no record of his birth can be found, the son of Francis Hayward Parrott, part of a well known family of solicitors in Aylesbury, and his mother Mary Evaline Parrott (nee Monnickendam). His early years were spent at the family home at “The Camp”, Little Kimble, near Princes Risborough.
In September 1929, he went to Lord Williams’s Grammar School. as a boarding pupil, and although of no more than average academic ability, he was nevertheless, quite a good sportsman.
In his last term in 1933, his housemaster wrote of him. “He will probably leave in this term much to our regret. His modesty, good nature, skill and courage at games, particular Rugger, have made him deservedly popular.”
In 1936 he received his commission into the Royal Air Force (Service No. 39112). On the night of 12 May 1940, by now a Flying Officer with 77 Squadron, he took off from RAF Driffield in an Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark V bomber on a bombing mission to Monchengladbach, Germany.
He crashed in the target area and was killed together with three other members of his crew, one surviving to become a prisoner of war.
Thomas is buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Germany and was the first Old Tamensian reported killed in the World War II. He is remembered in Thame on Lord Williams’s School memorial board.
The Thame Remembers Cross was delivered to Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Germany on 31st October 2015 by Angela Tobin (Thame Police Station)