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Graham Beresford Parkinson

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  • Service number
    • 50614 AWMM
    • 1522 AWMM
  • Also known as
    Ike AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    WW2 Major General AWMM
    New Zealand Southern Military District AWMM
  • War
    • World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
    • World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
    • Regular Military Service AWMM
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Graham Beresford AWMM
  • Surname
    Parkinson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Ike AWMM
  • Service number
    • 50614 AWMM
    • 1522 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    5 November 1896 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    • WW1 Soldier AWMM
    • WW2 Officer of Regular Forces AWMM
    • WW2 Officer of Regular Forces AWMM
  • Post war occupation
    Soldier AWMM
  • Address before enlistment
    • Unknown Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
    • Unknown 6 Easdale Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
    • Unknown 6 Easdale Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • H.A. Parkinson (father). 137 Coromandel Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs Barbara Waiohine Parkinson (wife), 6 Easdale Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs Barbara Waiohine Parkinson (wife), 6 Easdale Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 12 Jun 1917 Single AWMM
    • Unknown Married AWMM
    • Unknown Married AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    • World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
    • World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
    • Regular Military Service AWMM
  • Campaign
    • France and Germany (TBC) AWMM
    • Greece AWMM
    • Sangro River AWMM
    • Monte Cassino AWMM
    • Italy AWMM
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • 50614 AWMM
    • 1522 AWMM
  • Military service
    • Served with the NZ Forces in Fiji during the Indian riots, 1920 AWMM
    • Director of NZ Artillery, 1936 AWMM
    • NZ Army Tank Brigade AWMM
    • 6 Infantry Brigade AWMM
    • 7 Infantry Brigade AWMM
    • Royal Artillery, NZ Division AWMM
    • Army Headquarters AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) AWMM
      DSO: NZ Gazette, 21 September 1944.Citation: "This officer left New Zealand with the main body and commanded his Regiment (4th Field Regiment, NZ Artillery) with distinction in the Western Desert in 1940, and in Greece and Egypt in 1941. During the campaign in Greece, his resource and leadership were largely responsible for the successful withdrawal of a large section of the force from the Penios Gorge on 20th April 1941. At the Battle of Molo and during the subsequent withdrawal he showed great coolness and gallantry. Since his return to Egypt he has been untiring in his efforts to reorganise and retrain his Regiment, largely depleted by casualties in Greece and Crete and by the many demands on it for staff and officer cadet personnel, to its previous high state of efficiency. Brigadier Parkinson has given sterling and unselfish service over a long period. He has now been selected to raise and command a New Zealand Tank Brigade." AWMM
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order and bar (DSO*) AWMM
    • Officer of the Order of St John (OStJ) AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Africa Star (8th Army clasp) AWMM
    • Italy Star AWMM
    • Defence Medal AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 with oak leaf AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
    • New Zealand Long and Efficient Service Medal AWMM
    • Legion of Merit: Degree of Officer (USA) AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Graduate of Royal Military College, Duntroon, 1916 AWMM
  • Enlistment
    • WW1 Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Unknown AWMM
    • WW2 Unknown AWMM
  • Age on enlistment

    Embarkations

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    • Embarkation details
      • WW1 12 Jun 1917-15 August 1917 AWMM to Plymouth, Devon, England AWMM HMNZT 86 AWMM
        Vessel was Maunganui AWMM
        Lieutenant AWMM
        27th Reinforcements New Zealand Field Artillery AWMM
        New Zealand Expeditionary Force AWMM
      • WW2 Lieutenant Colonel AWMM
        Headquarters, 4 Field Regiment, Royal New Zealand Artillery AWMM
        2NZEF: 1st Echelon AWMM
      • WW2 Brigadier AWMM
        Headquarters, Anti-tank Brigade AWMM
        Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force AWMM

    Prisoner of war

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    • Capture details
    • Days interned
    • Liberation date
    • POW liberation details
    • POW serial number

    Medical history

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    • Medical notes

    Last known rank

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    • Last rank
      WW2 Major General AWMM
      New Zealand Southern Military District AWMM

    Biographical information

    Biographical information

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    • Son of Ethel Constance Parkinson and Henry Ainslie Parkinson.

      Husband of Barbara Waiohine nee Howe.

      Joined 1 NZ Expeditionary Force (#50614), 12 June 1917.

      Served as Adjutant as Temporary Captain of 1 Brigade, NZ Field Artillery. Discharged 1919.

      Commanding Officer (CO) of 4 Field Regiment, January 1940 - August 1941.

      CO of 1 Army Tank Brigade in NZ, August 1941-42.

      CO of 7 NZ Infantry Brigade in NZ, 1942.

      CO of 6 Infantry Brigade in Italy, April 1943 - June 1944; August 1944 - June 1945.

      Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 2 NZ Division, 3-27 March 1944.

      Commander Royal Artillery (CRA) of 2 NZ Division, June - August 1944.

      Quartermaster General (QMG) of Army HQ, January - September 1946.

      Military Liaison Officer, London, UK, 1946-49.

      Commandant of NZ Southern Military District (SMD), 1949-51. AWMM
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    Death

    About death

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    • Age at death
      82 AWMM
    • Date of death
      12 July 1979 AWMM
    • Cause of death
    • Place of death
      Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand AWMM
    • Death notes
      Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand AWMM
    • Cemetery name
      Ruru Lawn Cemetery, off Ruru Road, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
    • Grave reference
      Block IF Plot 87 AWMM
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