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Septimus Harold Parkinson was born in 1897 in Kirkland, near Garstang. He was the son of Thomas and Mary Jane Parkinson (nee Westworth).

Thomas Parkinson and Mary Jane Westworth were married at St. Luke`s church, Winmarleigh in 1894. Thomas and Mary Jane had 9 children altogether including Septimus. The others being John Edward (1895), James (1896), Richard (1896), Thomas (1898), Martha Agnes (1901), Mary Ellen (1906), Sarah 1908) and finally Jane (1910).

Thomas Parkinson was a farm labourer when he married Mary Jane in 1894. However, by the time of the 1901 Census the whole family were living in the Union Workhouse in Bowgreave, near Garstang. Thomas Parkinson was unemployed.

At the next Census in 1911, Septimus together with his mother Mary Jane, brothers John Edward, James and Thomas and sisters Martha Agnes, Mary Ellen, Sarah and Jane are still in the Union Workhouse.

Septimus`s father Thomas was `boarding` with a William and Martha Ann Davis and their family at Woodacre Crossing, Barnacre, near Garstang. Thomas had found work as a labourer for the Fylde Water Works.

By 1914 the family were back together and had moved to 14 Pleasant Street, Preston.

Septimus enlisted at Preston and was given the service number 22529. Unfortunately there is no further information as no service papers appear to have survived.

On the 31 August, 1917 Septimus died from drowning and was buried the next day. The following article appeared in the local paper shortly afterwards.


According to the CWGC record Septimus Harold Parkinson was in the 1st Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment at the time of his death.

He was awarded the British War and Victory Medals and is buried with honour at Bleue Maison Military Cemetery, Eperlocques, Pas de Calais, France.

Rank: Private
Service No: 22529
Date of Death: 31/08/1917
Age: 19
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

Additional family information: The article refers to another brother who had been killed in action. This was 21976 Private James Parkinson, 6th Battalion, The Kings Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment). He was killed in action on 23 January, 1917 and his name is recorded on the Basra Memorial.

The article was researched and published by Janet Davis

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2 Responses to 22529 PTE. S. H. PARKINSON. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Stephen Topping says:

    Just a little further information about Septimus Parkinson’s death by drowning gleaned from research at the museum at Fulwood Barracks, Preston.

    The 1st Battalion was removed out of the line and eventually moved to Le Clipon Camp, approximately 1 mile north west of the village of Mardych. The battalion was isolated from most visitors and rumour spread that meningitis was rife within the camp. This rumour was in fact a ruse to disguise the real reason for the isolation which was that they were training for a sea borne assault including scaling sea walls that was to take place behind German lines further along on the Belgian coastline later that year. In fact the sea borne assault kept being postponed and later in October was in fact abandoned. Septimus was drowned during these exercises and was initially buried in the churchyard in Mardych. When the Bleu Maison Military Cemetery, Eperlecques was made in the period May 1918-April 1919 his remains were disinterred from the churchyard in Mardych and reburied at the Blue Maison Cemetery.

  2. Catherine Larkham says:

    Thank you Janet. Re my grandmother and grandfather Parkinson. They never had a son called Richard but there’s one girl missing Emily she toured the world she was a Midget and married a Midget General Mite.

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