Image courtesy of David Parkinson.
Born: 1889, Fulham, Middlesex.
Died: 29th November 1919; age 29; Diabetic Coma – 52, Wallace Road, Ipswich. Served 7 years & 241 days.
Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; Age: 20 years & 7 months; Occupation: Labourer; Religion: Roman Catholic. Height: 5ft 6 1/2 ins, fresh complexion, hazel eyes, brown hair. Tattooed both forearms, Highlander on right leg. Scar upper lip, scar left shin. birth mark back of left thigh. Next of Kin: sister – Annie, of 3, Park Place, Darlington, Yorkshire and wife – Nora Parkinson.
Home: 21st March 1910 – 15th August 1914
France: 16th August 1914 – 23rd October 1915
Home: 24th October 1915 – 16th November 1917.
Date of Entry Therein: 15th August 1914.
Promoted – Bombardier; 12th January 1916.
Discharged – sick – 16th November 1917.
Rank: Bombardier; Service Number: 61285
Regiment: Royal Horse Artillery Depot, 3rd Brigade.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star + Silver War Badge.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of John Parkinson; Husband of Nora Parkinson, of 52, Wallace Road, Ipswich.
1911 Royal Artillery Barracks, St. Matthew’s, Ipswich.
Richard was 21 years old, a Soldier ranked Driver for the ‘F’ Battery of the Royal Horse Artillery.
On the 4th August 1914, at Marylebone Registry Office, London, Richard married Nora Eaton, born 1892, Ipswich.
They had 3 children:
Nora Eileen Parkinson, born January 1915, Ipswich.
Eric Richard Parkinson, born November 1917, Ipswich.
Sheila F. Parkinson, born 1920, Ipswich.