Image courtesy of David Parkinson.
Born: 1888, Dublin, Ireland.
Died: 29th November 1919; age 29; Diabetic Coma – 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. 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.
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, 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.
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, 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.