Looking for soldiers that served prior to WW1? Find My Past is the best resource for finding information about Victorian-era Soldiers.
By far the best resource for WW1 research. WW1 Service Records, pension papers, medal index cards and casualty information.
Search through millions of archived British Newspaper Articles to find any references to your ancestors.

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.

Janet Davis
Latest posts by Janet Davis (see all)
(This post has been visited 203 times in the last 90 days)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Set your Twitter account name in your settings to use the TwitterBar Section.
%d bloggers like this:

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.