Captain Herbert Sparling MC, West Riding (Duke of Wellington's Regiment)
Officer Norman Sparling, The Marconi Company, Mercantile Marine.
London Gazette Entries for Captain Herbert Sparling MC, W. Rid.
THE LONDON GAZETTE, 23 JULY, 1915,
23rd July, 1915.
Battalion, The Duke of Wellington's
(West, Riding Regiment);
the undermentioned to be Second Lieutenants.
Dated 12th July, 1915: —
Cadet Herbert Sparling, from the Leeds University Contingent, Senior Division, Officers Training Corps.
THE LONDON GAZETTE, 24 MARCH, 1916.
24th March, 1916.
Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).
to be temporary Lieutenants. Dated 1st
March, 1916: —
SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 18 JULY, 1917.
18th July, 1917.
West Riding Regt.
undermentioned officers relinquish their temp, or acting rank: —
2nd Lt. (temp. Lt.) H. Sparling.
TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 26 NOVEMBER, 1917.
26th November, 1917.
West Riding Regt.—
Lt. H. Sparling to be Lt., next above Lt. S. P. Hayward, and to remain seconded. 1st July 1917.
SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 12 DECEMBER, 1917.
12th December, 1917.
2nd Lt. H. Sparling (T.F.) to be actg. Capt. while
comdg. a Co. 5 Oct. 1917.
SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 18 JANUARY, 1918.
18th January, 1918.
Majesty the KING has been pleased to confer the undermentioned rewards for gallantry and distinguished service in the Field.
The acts of gallantry for which the decorations have been .awarded will be announced in the London Gazette as early as practicable:
Awarded the Military Cross.
Lt. Herbert Sparling, W. Rid. R.
SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE 25 APRIL, 1918.
25th April, 1918.
With reference to the awards conferred, as announced
in the London Gazette dated 18th January, 1918, the following are the statements of service for which the decorations
were conferred: —
AWARDED THE MILITARY CROSS
2nd Lt. Herbert Sparling, W. Rid. R.
For conspicuous gallantry
and devotion to duty. He took command of his company during an attack and led it with great coolness and determination. He
remained in command though wounded, and during an enemy counter-attack displayed remarkable coolness and resource.
SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 18 OCTOBER, 1918.
18th October, 1918.
West Riding Regt.—Lt. H. Sparling, M.C., to be actg.
Capt., with pay and allces. of a Lt.
13th Oct. 1918.
SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 29 JANUARY, 1919
29th January, 1919.
Bn., West Riding Regt.—Lt. (actg. Capt.) H. Sparling, M.C., relinquishes his commission on account of ill-health caused
by wounds, 30th Jan. 1919, and retains the rank of Capt.
Herbert Sparling was a student at the University of Leeds and took a
commission from the Officer Training Corps unit there to join the Army. He returned to his studies after the war and gained
a MA in 1919. He then attended Wells Theological College, where he studied to be an Anglican Minister and he was ordained
in 1921. He became a priest in 1922 in the Diocese of Southwark while he was at the Church of Holy Trinity, Roehampton,
1921-24; He later moved to St. Barnabas, Dulwich, 1924-27, and was Vicar of Buckminster with Sewstern between 1927-30;
Later moves took him to Dent 1930-32, and Cowgill 1932-47. He retired to Bancroft Manor, Sherington, Buckinghamshire,
where he became a valued member of the Parish Council over many years, enjoying periods as Chairman and Vice-Chairman.
Rev Sparling did
not enjoy a smooth start to his time at Sherington. He fell victim to an unscrupulous solicitor who was also a confidence
trickster and consequently lost over £5,000 when he bought Bancroft Manor in 1958.
In later life Rev & Mrs Sparling moved to Swinden
Hall, an imposing 16th Century house near the North Yorkshire border with Lancashire.