The story of Edward ‘Ned’ Parfett is just as tragic as the headlines he announced. The young newsboy was stood outside the White Star Line offices near Trafalgar Square when this was taken in April 1912. Sadly, he would only live for another six and a half years. After the outbreak of war in 1914, Parfett and his three brothers enlisted and were sent to France. While his brothers all survived, Ned was killed just days before the end of the war on October 29th 1918. He was collecting clean uniform ready for the journey back to England when the building was hit by German shells. He was twenty two years old.


Matilda “Quiet” at the Helpmann Awards 2016