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John Parkinson was born on the 25 November, 1890 at Ribble Crescent in Walton le Dale near Preston to John and Annie Parkinson (nee Heaps). His parents married in St. Leonard`s Church in Walton le Dale in 1875 and John was the youngest of seven, his siblings were; William (1876-1877), Esther Ellen (1877), Mary Ann (1879), Matthew (1880), William (1883) and Elizabeth (1885).

John and his family lived in Walton le Dale for a number of years before eventually moving into Preston and in 1911 they were living at 46 Ruskin Street in the Frenchwood area of town. John was a cotton weaver like his father and was employed at Calvert`s Mill in Walton le Dale.

Prior to the war John had spent four years with the Territorial Force and on the 7 August, 1914 he signed the declaration which would allow him to serve overseas in the event of a national emergency. He was allocated the service number 70 and posted to the 4th Battalion. John was quite a tall chap standing at five feet nine and a quarter inches. He confirmed he was unmarried and had previously been employed as a weaver. John gave his home address as 46 Ruskin Street in Preston and listed his father as his next of kin.

He sailed to France with the 1/4th Battalion on the 4th May 1915 and sadly just over a month later John was one of the many posted as missing presumed dead on the 15 June, 1915 at Festubert.

It was a full year before the Authorities confirmed that for official purposes John had died on the 15th June 1915. After his parents received the news the following article appeared in the local paper;

Parkinson 1

As John Parkinson has no known grave his name was recorded on the Le Touret Memorial. John was awarded the 1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals which his parents later signed for.

Rank: Private
Service No: 70
Date of Death: 15/06/1915
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st/4th Bn.
Memorial: LE TOURET MEMORIAL

Janet Davis

Janet Davis has been researching her family history for many years and through this she discovered many relatives who served in WW1. This interest then led Janet to do many walking the battlefield tours with her husband. In April 2013 she discovered this website and volunteered to help. Janet believes that there are lots of stories still to be told, most of them very sad but at the same time they are a fascinating insight into the men, their families, what they did and where they came from.
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