William Robert Parry
June 28, 1890, Bangor, Caernarvonshire
July 09, 1955, Taunton, Somerset, (aged 65y 11d)
Bill Parry umpired in five Tests between 1928 and 1930, including the decisive Ashes Test which was his last, and was on the first-class list between 1926 and 1934 and although reappointed in 1935 he withdrew in May to pursue business interests. Based in Devon, he emerged as a leading Minor County umpire in the early 1920s and was a recognisable figure because of his peculiar stance behind the stumps, a legacy of his losing a leg in the war. In 1927 his artificial leg was shattered as he lost his footing moving swiftly to judge a run-out in a Yorkshire-Gloucestershire game, sustaining a fracture to the remains of his amputated limb which caused him to miss three months of the season. He stood in a handful of Somerset matches after the war but by that time his health was failing him. His son recalled: "He said he could surprise bowlers by calling no ball the split second the ball left the bowlers hand, as he used a melodic method to listen to the run up."
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