This site commemorates the men and women of Collingham, Linton and Micklethwaite who served during World War 1.
Parkinson, James Herring
(1885-1916)

Rank and Unit at End of World War One

Rank 2nd Lieutenant

Service Army

Battalion 8th Battalion

Regiment Lincolnshire Regiment

Killed in Action: 2nd July 1916

Commemorated at: Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme

Other service during World War One
Information from Medal Index Cards (WO372), Medal Rolls (WO329), Service Records (WO363) and/or Pension Records (WO364) held by The National Archives.
Rank Number Unit
2 Aircraftman 3698 Royal Flying Corps

Biography

Family background

James Herring Parkinson was born on the 9th May 1885 in Collingham, the son of William Henshaw Parkinson and his wife, Ada Wellesley Parkinson. James was baptised in Collingham church on the 15th June 1885.

James was educated at Dulwich College and then went to Messrs Donald Currie & Co's office for two years before he went to Ceylon and worked in tea planting. From there he went to Travancore where he became superintendent of the Koramvatabalam Estate. During his time in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) served from 1st May 1909 to 23rd May 1911 as a private in the Ceylon Plantation Rifle Corps.

Service record

Back in the UK, when war was declared he enlisted in the 8th Service Battalion of the Rifle Brigade but then transferred to the Royal Flying Corps as a second aircraft mechanic and he went to France in April 1915 attached to No 7 Squadron. After about a year he left the RFC having been granted a commission in the Lincolnshire Regiment.

After officer training in the UK, James Parkinson returned to France in time for the Battle of the Somme, and on the second day of the battle (2nd July 1916) he was Killed in Action near Fricourt.

James' body was not found or identified after the battle and he is commemorated on the Theipval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.


Sources

1911 Census. The National Archives. Class RG14 Piece 23872
First World War Medal Index Cards. The National Archives (WO372).
First World War Medal Index Rolls. The National Archives (WO329).
First World War Officer's Service Records AIR79/48 The National Archives.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery and Burial Reports

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