Rank 2nd Lieutenant
Battalion 8th Battalion
Regiment Lincolnshire Regiment
Killed in Action: 2nd July 1916
Commemorated at: Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme
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. 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.
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