Private Parsons was detailed to be part of a carrying party from his front line trench on 9th June 1916, on his return journey he walked out of a communication trench and found himself passing through a time portal and was transported to the Half-moon public house in Yorkshire.
He made the most of the trip and proceeded to present to the audience that he found there. They were all made up of members of the Royal Army Pay Corps “old boys” group. He discovered that they meet up for lunch every six weeks or so and was delighted to entertain them with his tales of trench life and specifically the upcoming battle of the Somme.
As Private Parsons went into some specific details of the Somme he needed to describe the ground that was to be fought over, he used the trench supplies that he was carrying. To mention a few of the items used to represent; Baupame became a tin of corned beef, Albert was a tin of jam, the front line was represented by 4X2 flannelette rifle cleaning material and the ground of Picardy was a waterproof ground sheet.
All the RAPC group were suitably delighted that Private Parsons had visited them in the form of an after dinner speaker and all were suitably impressed that he had managed to explain in great detail the battle of the Somme!
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Three of Parsons Period Presentations characters presented at a school in Liverpool on Tuesday 14 June. All the year six pupils enjoyed the usual accounts of life in a front line trench from Private Parsons followed by an interactive group of presentations from Sergeant Parsons RAMC.
The students went through the procedure of evacuating a casualty from no mans land and then took turns in carrying out triage procedure on the casualties who had been rescued by their fellow classmates (as stretcher bearers) with the aid of a stretcher.
The afternoon was spent in the company of Corporal Parsons and the students learnt, through interactive activities, the procedure of recruitment and training of British Soldiers in WW1.
On Wednesday 15 June, PPP and Esprit tour services joined together at Astley Hall in Chorley Lancashire in order to film five PPP characters for a promotional video.
Astley Hall is a museum and art gallery housed within a Grade I listed historic house. The Hall is set within the beautiful surroundings of Astley Park which include historic woodland, a lake, and a fully renovated Victorian walled garden.
The filming took place in the Chorley Pals memorial exhibition, which comprises of 1,500 square feet of exhibition and display space, divided into three ‘zones’ – remembrance, conflicts and activity. The interactive exhibition focuses on Chorley’s involvement and military history over the years. The ideas and designs are from Trustees of the Chorley Pals Memorial, who manage and run the Chorley Remembers project.
A very successful day with the Liverpool Live TV crew and Esprit Tour Services.