7th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (British Army)
09/09/1916 (Killed in Action)
Francis McParland was the son of Michael and Ellen McParland. Francis was born on the Armagh side of Benburb about 1895. Tthe family lived in Milltown Village, County Armagh. Francis was a linen weaver. Francis McParland enlisted in Armagh. He was recorded as living in Benburb, County Tyrone at the time. Corporal Francis McParland was serving with the 7th Battalion of the Princess Victoria's (Royal Irish Fusiliers) when he was killed in action on death in France and Flanders on Saturday 9th September 1916. He was 21 years old.
The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, next to the village of Thiepval, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929). Each year a major ceremony is held at the memorial on 1 July. The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme is a war memorial to 72,337 missing British and South African servicemen who died in the Battles of the Somme of the First World War between 1915 and 1918, with no known grave. It is near the village of Thiepval, Picardy in France. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, Thiepval has been described as "the greatest executed British work of monumental architecture of the twentieth century"