William Parr (footballer)

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William Parr
Personal information
Full name William Wilfred Parr
Date of birth 1916
Place of birth Blackpool, England
Date of death 8 March 1942 (aged 26)
Place of death St Ervan, England
Playing position Outside right
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1935–1938 Blackpool [1] 18
1939–1940 Dulwich Hamlet [2]
1939–1940 Arsenal
1939–1940 Wealdstone F.C.[3] (guest) 19 (12)
National team
1937 England Amateur
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

William Wilfred Parr or Bill Parr (1916 – 8 March 1942) was an England amateur International footballer and an English professional footballer who played as an outside right for Blackpool, Dulwich Hamlet and Arsenal. He joined Arsenal in May 1939 but his first game with the team was not until almost a year later during World War II, in April 1940 at Southend. He then joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.[4]

England amateur football career[edit]

Parr took part in the 1937 Tour of New Zealand, Australia and Ceylon by the England Amateur National Team.[5][6]


Parr was one of three crewmen on board the Lockheed Hudson V serial number AM535 of No. 233 Squadron RAF based at RAF St Eval, who were killed when it crashed in a field at Lower Treburrick Farm, St Ervan, four miles north east of RAF St Mawgan in Cornwall, on the night of 8 March 1942.[7][8]


  1. ^ Anton Rippon. "Gas Masks for Goal Posts: Football in Britain During the Second World War". Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Norm the Eclectic Rabbi: Hamlet History : 1938/39 London Senior Cup". Normtheeclecticrabbi.blogspot.co.uk. 2002-04-15. Retrieved 2015-03-30.
  3. ^ "stonesnet forum • View topic - Remember Them (Updated)". Wealdstonefc.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-03-30.
  4. ^ "William Wilfred Parr". Find A Grave. Retrieved 2015-03-30.
  5. ^ "British FA XI Tours". The Rec. Sport. Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  6. ^ "1937 England Tour of Australia". Ozfootball.net. 2008-07-29. Retrieved 2015-03-30.
  7. ^ "Casualty Details". CWGC.org. Retrieved 2015-03-30.
  8. ^ "View 1942 Crash Log". RAFdavidstowmoor.org. Retrieved 2015-03-30.