Lieutenant Colonel Harold S. Parsons was born December 2, 1891 in Toronto, son of Charles Parsons and Eva Miriam McCausland.
On June 18, 1910, Harold and his parents returned to Quebec City from Liverpool aboard the “Victorian”.
On January 9, 1926 he married Helen Elizabeth (?) in Los Angeles and in 1935 applied for US Naturalization also in Los Angeles. They had no children.
- March 30, 1908 – Enlisted as a rifleman in “L” Company, 1st Battalion, Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada
- March 24, 1913 – Appointed Provisional Lieutenant
- January 1915 – Seconded for service with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in the 35th Battalion
- April 22, 1915 – Signed attestation papers with 58th Battalion, CEF in Toronto
- October 15, 1915 – Promoted Captain, CEF
- Served with the 58th Battalion in France
- Wounded, gunshot wound to the right hip
- Mentioned in Despatches
- June 23, 1917 – Transferred to Royal Flying Corps
- June 1919 – Transferred to Reserve of Officers, CEF with rank of Captain
- October 1, 1920 – Transferred to Active List, Queen’s Own Rifles on reorganization of the Canadian Militia and appointed to command “D” Company, 2nd Battalion with rank of Major
- March 9, 1922 – Appointed second in command 2nd Battalion
- April 1, 1925 – Appointed to command 2nd Battalion and promoted to Lieutenant Colonel
- July 10, 1928 – Transferred to Reserve of Officers, Canadian Militia with rank of Lieutenant Colonel
- December 1928 – Awarded Colonial Auxiliary Forces Long Service Medal