PARHAM, Maj.Gen. Hetman Jack

1896 - 1974

Born at Norrington, Alvediston, Wiltshire on 27 July 1895, only child of Bernard Norrington Parham, a farmer, and his wife Mabel Alice née Leachman, who married at Petersfield, Hampshire in 1894. In 1911, a 15 year old scholar living at Norrington with his parents, 43 year old Bernard and 43 year old Mabel. He entered the Royal Military Academy and in November 1914 commissioned into the Royal Artillery and after a year on the Western front he went to Salonika where he remained for the rest of the war being mentioned in dispatches and awarded the French Croix de Guerre. Between the wars he served at regimental duty in UK and India. In 1934 he purchased an Autogiro and learnt to fly and was an early member of the RA Flying Club, recognising the need for artillery light observation aircraft with communications to the guns. An innovator in the field of air observation for gunnery and in January 1940 took command of 10 Field Regiment in France, under his command this regiment trained to fight as a regiment and unlike most, properly practised its communications. During the campaign that followed his regiment engaged in what is almost certainly the first successful multi-battery engagement of an opportunity target, a German tank unit refuelling in a wood. A keen amateur pilot, and wrote books on aircraft, the theory of flight and memoirs of flying. Parham was also an artist of considerable skill, and recorded some of his experiences during battle, as well as scenes of Britain and elsewhere. Promoted to major-general and given command of 3 AA Group in UK until he retired in 1949. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1953-1954 and was Master of Sproughton Foot Beagles 1961-62. He married at Witchampton, Dorset on 3 July 1926 Barbara Baker (3 December 1901-1995) and had issue. Parham died in the Ipswich district on 29 December 1974.




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