Joseph Henry PARKES

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PARKES, Joseph Henry

Service Number: 2348
Enlisted: 31 March 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 4th Division Heavy and Medium Trench Mortar Batteries, AIF
Born: Cross Roads, Moonta, South Australia, 21 March 1897
Home Town: Blinman, South Australia
Schooling: Blinman Public School
Occupation: Station Hand
Died: Killed In Action, France, 3 May 1917, aged 20 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave. His name is located at panel 20 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT., Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Blinman & District WW1 Roll of Honor, Blinman Boer War, WW1 & WW2 Honour Rolls, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

31 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick, South Australia
10 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2348, 12th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
10 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2348, 12th Infantry Battalion, RMS Persia, Melbourne
3 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 2348, 4th Division Heavy and Medium Trench Mortar Batteries, AIF

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Biography

Father Joseph Parkes   and  Mother Laura Parkes  (nee Cross)
living at Blinman, South Australia.
(3/10/1916 - Mother advised of her change of address to Quorn;
20/7/1920 - Mother advised - father Joseph Parkes is living in Broken Hill, NSW)
.
2/11/1922 - Mother advised husband had left her 12 months prior and may have died in
Sydney, as she never heard from him again.  Mother has returned to Moonta, SA).

On enlisting Joseph lived at Moonta, South Australia.

Previous service:  81st Infantry

Described on enlisting as 21 years old; single; 5' 7" tall; 158 lbs; sallow complexion; blue eyes;
brown hair; Methodist

31/3/1915       Enlisted at Keswick, South Australia
                       completed medical at Keswick, fit for service

31/3/1915       Commanding Officer appointed Joseph to F Company Base Depot Infantry
                       Mitcham Camp

16/4/1915       Commanding Officer appointed Joseph to 7th reinforcements, 12th Infantry

10/6/1915       Embarked from Melbourne on board RMS Persia
(The RMS Persia of the Pando Line was torpedoed in December 1915 by a German U-38 when 325 people were killed.)

5/9/1915         taken on strength - Gallipoli

6/1/1916         Disembarked off of HMT Lake Michigan, into Alexandria, Egypt

1/3/1916         transferred to 52nd Battalion, Railhead

14/3/1916       taken on strength  to 24th Howitzer Brigade as a Gunner, Tel-El-Kebir, Egypt

19/4/1916       taken on strength to 4th Division Artillery Column, Serapeum

26/5/1916       transferred to Artillery Training Depot, Tel-El-Kebir, Egypt

7/6/1916         Embarked overseas on board HMT Ionian, ex Alexandria, Egypt, for France

7/7/1916         taken on strength to 4th Division Artillery Column, France

27/7/1916       transferred to 4th Division Heavy & Medium Trench Mortar Battery

30/7/1916     taken on strength to  V4 Artillery Brigade

 

3/5/1917         Killed in action by a shell
buried in:         no known grave

Commemorated at Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France; and

Gunner Parkes' name is located at panel 20 in the Commemorative Area (www.awm.gov.au) at the Australian War
Memorial, Canberra, ACT.

noted by the Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Bureau:

 

 

 

Medals:
WWI 1914-15 Star (6121); British War medal (14225), Victory medal (14168)
Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll (335670).


Birth details: 1842 - 1906 Book: 601 Page: 28 District: Dal.

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  25/11/2014.  Lest we forget.

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