Graham Beresford Parkinson 5 November 1896 - 12 July 1979 Key details Contribute › Service number50614 AWMM1522 AWMM Also known asIke AWMM ForceArmy AWMM Rank and unit at dischargeWW2 AWMMMajor General AWMMNew Zealand Southern Military District AWMM WarWorld War I, 1914-1918 AWMMWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMMRegular Military Service AWMM Play your part Contribute what you know about their war service and life. Lay a poppy Leave a note PDF Print Share Nominal Roll Vol 3 (Roll 67), Page: 27 - No known copyright … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesGraham Beresford AWMM SurnameParkinson AWMM Ingoa Also known asIke AWMM Service number50614 AWMM1522 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth5 November 1896 AWMM Place of birthWellingtonNew Zealand AWMM Birth notesWellingtonNew Zealand AWMM Occupations Contribute › Occupation before enlistmentWW1 AWMMSoldier AWMMWW2 AWMMOfficer of Regular Forces AWMMWW2 AWMMOfficer of Regular Forces AWMM Post war occupationSoldier AWMM Next of kin Contribute › Address before enlistmentUnknown AWMMWellingtonNew Zealand AWMMUnknown AWMM6 Easdale StreetWellingtonNew Zealand AWMMUnknown AWMM6 Easdale StreetWellingtonNew Zealand AWMM Next of kin on embarkationH.A. Parkinson (father). 137 Coromandel StreetWellingtonNew Zealand AWMMMrs Barbara Waiohine Parkinson (wife)6 Easdale StreetWellingtonNew Zealand AWMMMrs Barbara Waiohine Parkinson (wife)6 Easdale StreetWellingtonNew Zealand AWMM Relationship statusPre 12 June 1917 AWMMSingle AWMMUnknown AWMMMarried AWMMUnknown AWMMMarried AWMM Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War I, 1914-1918 AWMMWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMMRegular Military Service AWMM Campaigns ForceArmy AWMM Service number50614 AWMM1522 AWMM Military unitsNZ Army Tank Brigade AWMM6 Infantry Brigade AWMM7 Infantry Brigade AWMMRoyal Artillery, NZ Division AWMMArmy Headquarters AWMM Military serviceNZ Army Tank Brigade AWMM6 Infantry Brigade AWMM7 Infantry Brigade AWMMRoyal Artillery, NZ Division AWMMArmy Headquarters AWMM Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and AwardsCommander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) AWMMDSO: 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." AWMMCompanion of the Distinguished Service Order and bar (DSO*) AWMMOfficer of the Order of St John (OStJ) AWMMBritish War Medal (1914-1920) AWMMVictory Medal AWMM1939-1945 Star AWMMAfrica Star (8th Army clasp) AWMMItaly Star AWMMDefence Medal AWMMWar Medal 1939-1945 with oak leaf AWMMNew Zealand War Service Medal AWMMNew Zealand Long and Efficient Service Medal AWMMLegion of Merit: Degree of Officer (USA) AWMM Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military trainingGraduate of Royal Military College, Duntroon, 1916 AWMM EnlistmentWW1 AWMMWellingtonNew Zealand AWMMWW2 AWMMUnknown AWMMWW2 AWMMUnknown AWMM Age on enlistmentWW1 AWMMWW2 AWMMWW2 AWMM Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW1 AWMM12 June 1917 AWMMWellingtonNew Zealand AWMM12 Jun 1917-15 August 1917 AWMMHMNZT 86 AWMMPlymouthDevonEnglandCape of Good HopeCape ProvinceRepublic of South Africa AWMMPort of CallDepart - 12 Jun 1917Arrival - 15 Aug 1917 AWMMWW2 AWMMWW2 AWMM Embarkation bodyWW1 AWMM12 June 1917 AWMMNew Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF) AWMM27th Reinforcements New Zealand Field Artillery AWMMLieutenant AWMMWW2 AWMMHeadquarters, 4 Field Regiment, Royal New Zealand Artillery AWMMLieutenant Colonel AWMMWW2 AWMMSecond New Zealand Expeditionary Force AWMMHeadquarters, Anti-tank Brigade AWMMBrigadier AWMM Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Contribute › Medical notes Last known rank Contribute › Last rankWW2 AWMMMajor General AWMMNew Zealand Southern Military District AWMM Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › 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 Read more Death About death Contribute › Age at death82 AWMM Date of death12 July 1979 AWMM Cause of death Place of deathChristchurchCanterburyNew Zealand AWMM Death notesChristchurchCanterburyNew Zealand AWMM Cemetery Contribute › Cemetery nameRuru Lawn Cemeteryoff Ruru RoadChristchurchNew Zealand AWMM Grave referenceBlock IF Plot 87 AWMM Memorial Contribute › Memorial name Memorial reference Obituary Roll of Honour Remember Graham Beresford Parkinson by laying a poppy. Gilbert John Parkinson Gordon Parkinson Graham Beresford Parkinson Harold Parkinson Harold George Parkinson Lay a poppy for 2015 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Graham Beresford Parkinson Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksCemetery Records. Christchurch City Council cemeteries database.http://librarydata.christchurch.org.nz/Cemeteries/Sources UsedNew Zealand Electronic Text Collection topic pagehttp://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/name-208925.htmlNZETCBurdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch.http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2-24Ba.htmlFurther ReferenceDictionary of New Zealand Biographyhttp://www.teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/5p12/1Further ReferenceDocuments relating to Major-General Graham Beresford Parkinson. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/21http://muse.aucklandmuseum.com/databases/LibraryCatalogue/M%20380.detailFurther Reference DocumentsNew Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1918). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM67: 27 AWMMSecond New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMMWW2 1: WW2 139 AWMMSecond New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 9 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1942 to 31st December, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMMWW2 9: WW2 307 AWMMHaigh, J., Polaschek, A. (Eds.). (1993). New Zealand and the Distinguished Service Order. Christchurch, N.Z.: Authors. AWMM Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.