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Joan Matilda Parker .     Womens Land Army

My mum Joan Parker served in the Land Army, but sadly I only know she trained at Barnard Castle. I would like to find out more.

John Wyndham Parker .     British Army   from Pontypridd, South Wales)

My grandfather John Parker rarely talked about his experiences during POW camps in WW2 though I know that he was captured when fighting in North Africa and travelled in a ship for days where he was squashed in with many prisoners in horrendous conditions. He was taken to a camp in Italy but escaped. He was then caught and was sent to Stalag 4b POW camp. He was given a translation book which includes a phrase: "Please may I leave the camp?!" which as children (lacking understanding) we found funny. He said that the Italians were really dirty in comparison to the Germans. He said he survived the camps because he did not share his spoon with others. I believe he was in the camps for about 5 years in total. He died in 1991 when he was 80. We are so proud of him.

Pte. Leslie Richard Parker .     British Army 1st Battalion Essex Regiment   from London)

My Grandfather, Leslie Richard Parker, joined the Essex Regiment as a 17 year old in 1938, and was part of the 2nd/4th Battalion based in East Anglia between 1941 & 1942 when he was posted overseas to India where he joined the 1st Battalion of the Essex Regiment which was posted to the(Special Forces) 23rd Indian Infantry Brigade Columns 44, 56 part of the Chindit force. He served in India & Assam until he was demobbed in April 1946, Sadly my Grandfather died before I was born and we have no pictures of him

F/O. Maynard Annand Parker .     Royal Canadian Air Force 58 Squadron   from Nova Scotia, Canada)

(d.24th April 1945)

Flying Officer (Navigator Bomber) Maynard Parker was the son of Maynard R. and E. Madge Parker of Mount Uniacke, Hants Co., Nova Scotia, Canada. He was aged 19 when he died and is buried in the Odder Sogns Churchyard in Denmark.

Mjr. Nigel Parker .     Army 5th Btn. The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

Pte. Randolph Parker .     British Army 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment   from Leicester)

(d.14th June 1944)

I am trying to find as much information as I can on my Uncle Randolph Parker. He was killed in action in Burma on 14th June 1944. My Dad tells me that they were notified he had been injured, however the information I have been given so far is that there was no known body, therefore no grave. However he is remembered at the Rangoon war memorial. Also I only have one photo of my Uncle, is there by chance anyone out there got any photos that they could share with me?

Nav. Raymond A. Parker .     USAAF 703 Squadron 445th Bomb Group   from USA)

I came to Tibenham with the original 445th Bomb Group. I was a navigator in the 703rd Squadron, and flew 11 missions over Germany and France. I was shot down on 18th March 1944, and remained a POW until the Russians liberated us.

While at Stalag Luft I, I was the publisher of our underground daily paper `Pow Wow'. I would appreciate hearing from anyone in the 445th.

F/O Richard Parker .     RAFVR pilot 100 Sqd.   from 8 West Common Gardens, Old Brumby, Scunthorpe Lincolnshire)

(d.30th Jan 1944)

We are trying to find a book where RAF Officer Richard (Dicky) Parker was named during the Battle of Berlin.. He flew Lancasters from Lincolnshire airfields. In the book at one point a crew were coming back with damage and the "Skipper " was asked if they would make if back to the base as he had a pint waiting for him at the Oswald pub in Scunthorpe.. We live in the house where Dicky lived with his parents and sister Jean. we have his service photo we have seen the book through the library but would love our own copy. Can anyone help with the title, author and publication date?

Pte. Richard Parker .     British Army 7th Btn. Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)   from Hebburn)

(d.13th Dec 1942)

Richard Parker, son of Thomas W. and Mary Jane Parker (nee Jefferson) was born in Hebburn, County Durham, Great Britain in 1919. He was the husband of Jane Parker (nee Scott), also of Hebburn. Private Parker died aged 23 during the Western Desert campaign in the minefields of the village of Mersa Brega. He is buried at Benghazi War Cemetery in Libya, and is commemorated on the WW2 Roll of Honour Plaque in the entrance to Jarrow Town Hall, Tyne and Wear, Great Britain.

Robert Stothart Parker .     British Army   from Glenluce)

He did not talk about ww2,only recently found out he was in the d-day landings. Think he was in the scottish rifles.

Rfmn. Walter John Parker .     British Army 1st Btn. Rifle Brigade   from Birmingham)

I have a certificate with my grandfather's name on it and all the places he served.

Sgt G Parker. .     RAF 12sqd

F/O Tom MacKinlay Parker. .     RAF. 220 SQD (d.11th Feb 1940)

Ivan Parkes .     Royal Air Force

I am researching what my great uncle and those other brave souls who, with him, went through during World War 2 as a POW of the Japanese. I have tracked down a little information. The problem I have is that no member of my family will speak about it. My ambition with this information is to write a book dedicated to the memories of those who were killed, maimed or psychologically scarred by the Japanese.

My uncle's name was Ivan Parkes. He was in the RAF and was captured (most likely) in Singapore in 1941, though I am not 100 per cent sure about this. He spent a few months in Changi and was transported either to Japan or very close to Japan on one of the hell ships.

P/O Peter Denys Parkes .     Royal Air Force 37 Sqn   from Banstead, Surrey)

(d.5th May 1944)

Peter Denys Parkes was the son of Major Denys Parkes and Mrs Dorothy Parkes of Lingfield, formerly of 15 Green Curve, Banstead, Surrey. He was born on the 22 September 1924 and attended The Priory, a boys’ school at the western end of Banstead village and then Sutton County Grammar School. In 1940 he joined the RAF Voluntary Reserve and spent part of 1942 and 43 training in Canada. Following the end of his training, Peter went to RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland to 20 Operational Training Unit.

His training completed, Peter joined 37 Squadron in North Africa. At the end of December 1943, the Squadron moved to Tortorella. During the early months of 1944, 37 Squadron was kept busy conducting bombing raids against the enemy, often in an attempt to disrupt supply lines to the front line. In May, roads, railways, marshalling yards and docks were again to be targeted by the Squadron.

Peter Parkes and his crew failed to return from a mission to bomb the Ploetsi oil refinery in Rumania on the 5th May 1944.

Cpl. Reginald Gordon Parkes .     British Army 1st Btn. Welsh Guards   from Birmingham)

Reginald Gordon Parkes served with the 1st Battalion the Welsh Guards during WW2.

S/L S. M.P. Parkes DSO..     97 Squadron

Vernon Charles T. Parkes .     Royal Navy   from Medway)

Vernon Parkes was my father and he was based in Pembroke Gillingham from 1939 to 1955. I would like to know if anybody remembers him. I would like to know what ships he went on and where they went. I haven't got any photos as these were passed down to my brother when our dad died and now my brother has died there isn't any information with the family to trace my dad's naval career. I would like to know if anybody knew of anyone who was in the navy with him.

Rfmn. Bertie Parkin .     British Army 1st Battalion Cameronians   from Darlington, Durham)

(d.19th April 1942)

Bertie Parkin of the 1st Battalion Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) died on 19 April 1942, aged 26 years. His name is commemorated on the Rangoon Memorial. None of my family is sure what actually happened to Bertie, only he never came home. He was presumed killed or missing. A search on Google turns up a note about his campaign medals which somehow were sold in auction in 2008 and that his name is listed on the Rangoon Memorial in Myanmar.

I have a number of his letters home from 1941/42 when he was serving in Meadows Barracks, Secunderabad, Deccan, India. These go into a lot of detail: Onions with every meal and eggs costing 1d each. 10 Players cigarettes for 3d. Cakes and tea from the Charwalla which they get 'on the book' and pay for at the weekend. How the natives do everything for them and he even gets a shave in bed and then has his bed made and boots cleaned by a native. Going to the pictures to see "Green Light" and Laurel and Hardy in "A Close Shave". He goes about with a couple of friends from Hexham and Copley but doesn't mention their names. There's lots more letters and info if anyone is interested I can pass this on.

If anyone has any information or can tell me how to access the war diaries from the date he was listed as killed that would be hugely appreciated.

Sgt. Thomas Parkin .     British Army Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

My father, Sgt Thomas Parkin, was with the Ox & Bucks as a Bren Gun carrier driver. I assume he was with the First Battalion. I am trying to get background on any Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry action in South West Holland and in and around the town of Goes. Time frame is sketchy but would be, I believe, late July to October, 1944.

Can anyone assist?

FO James A. Parkins .     Royal Canadian Air Force 6 Group 428 Sqdn.

Dvr. George Parkinson .     British Army Royal Army Service Corps   from Manchester)

My dad, George Parkinson,joined up at the start of the "phoney war" in 1939,-he didn't need to go,-he was married with three sons.

I was the middle one.He'd had a driving licence since he was eighteen,(unusual in 1919),and thought his driving skills may have been put to good use. He had joined the Grenadier Guards(1Bn)when he was nineteen,(which explains his "Guards" number). He did three years,-in which time he went to Constantinople to support some uprising against Kemal Ataturk,-then came out. I can remember him Blancoing his webbing,checking the contents of his "hussif" (housewife) and having a .303 SMLE rifle at home! Then he was gone... Because of his age,-he was 38,-he spent all his service in this country,-I believe he spent some time driving an ambulance in Birmingham; the rest of his time he was stationed in Cornwall,transporting stores of every kind countrywide.If ever he was coming to somewhere near Manchester,he would call in give us all a load of chocolate,(which he had saved), then he was gone again. One time he arrived in what he called an "eight legger"-an eight wheeled ERF with a drawbar trailer and parked it in our dead end street in Longsight, Manchester.How he got it out I have no idea!

He came home in various trucks,Chevrolets,Dodges etc., etc.,mostly stuff that presumably the country had had to buy from the USA or Canada because of the shortage of vehicles after Dunkirk. As I said he was mostly based in Cornwall,he thought it was the most wonderful place,his stories were full of names like Taunton,Truro,Bodmin,Penzance,Falmouth etc.,and that all true Cornishmen had names that began with either Pen or Tre,-it was a world apart... When he was demobbed,-and after all that effort,he was awarded three medals,Victory;War,and the TA; he "didn't qualify" for the '39-'45 Star,as he didn't serve abroad!

Ivy Parkinson .     Land Army

My aunty, Ivy Parkinson, served in the Land Army in St. David's in Wales. She often talks about her time there with fond memories. She says they had good food and were given fresh eggs to take home when on leave.

Rex Parkinson .     British Army Royal Army Service Corps

Flt.Sgt. Richard Cole Parkinson .     Royal New Zealand Air Force   from New Zealand)

Sgt Ron Parkinson .     RAF w/op 44 Sqd.

Ron Parkinson

Sgt Ron Parkinson was the Wireless Operator with Merrick Heath's crew, flying R for Robert PB417 with 44 Rhodesia Squadron based at RAF Splisby.

Sgt. Edward Parks .     United States Army 823rd Btn. Tank Destroyer

Sgt Parks served with William J. Krantz and Michael Gombar.

Stkr. Herbert Parks .     Royal Navy HMS Sirius (d.17th Oct 1943)

Herbert Parks served on HMS Sirius.

Ord. Seaman Percival Arthur Woolacott Parks .     Royal Navy HMS Prunella (d.21st Jun 1940)

L. G. Parley .     Royal Navy HMS Forfar

L.G.Parley is listed as one of the survivors brought ashore after the loss of HMS Forfar

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