Image courtesy of David Parkinson.

Born: 1888, Dublin, Ireland.

Died: 29th November 1919; age 29; died from a Diabetic Coma at 52, Wallace Road, Ipswich. Served 7 years & 241 days.

Enlistment Details: Location: Hounslow; date: 11th October 1909; Age: 20 years & 7 months; Occupation: Labourer; Religion: Roman Catholic. Height: 5ft 6 1/2 ins, fresh complexion, hazel eyes, brown hair. Richard was tattooed on both forearms, Highlander on the right leg. Scar upper lip, scar left shin and birthmark on the back of the left thigh. Next of Kin: sister – Annie, of 3, Park Place, Darlington, Yorkshire and wife – Nora Parkinson.

Joined the Royal Fusilier Regiment, 5th Battalion, special Reserve – service number 8444. Served 1 year and 161 days – 11th October 1909 – 20th March 1910.

Joined the Royal Horse Artillery – 21st February 1910, and joined at Ipswich – 22nd March 1910.


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, age: 27, to 52, Wallace Road, Ipswich. Served 7 years & 241 days. Character: Exemplary.


Rank: Bombardier; Service Number: 61285

Regiment: Royal Horse Artillery Depot, 3rd Brigade.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star + Silver War Badge – issued number 270,343.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of James 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, a cutting machinist at a corset factory, born in October 1891, Ipswich – daughter of Harry Eaton, a house painter, and Phoebe Eaton (nee Rollinson), of 56, Wallace Road, Ipswich.


Nora and Richard had three children:

Nora Eileen Parkinson, born January 1915, Ipswich.

Eric Richard Parkinson, born November 1917, Ipswich.

Sheila F. Parkinson, born 1920, Ipswich.

Royal Horse Artillery Depot, 3rd Brigade

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