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Charles Honori Parks

Group, El Alamein Anniversary Ceremony October 1954 at Moascar, Egypt, The Warrant and Non-Commissioned Officers of the New Zealand contingent Contingent at the El Alamein Anniversary Ceremnoy photographed with the Warrant and Non-Commissioned Officers of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards during their stay in Nelson Lines, Moascar, in October 1954. On the left of the Commanding Officer is RSM C.G. McShane, on his right RSM C.H. Parks, M.M., late Sergeant, Grenadier Guards. [published ?Regimental Intelligence?] - This image may be subject to copyright
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Charles Honori AWMM
  • Surname
    Parks AWMM
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    638 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    6 March 1919 AWMM Colwyn BayWales AWMM
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  • Address before enlistment
    • Unknown AWMM 23 Rinfield Street, London, England AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM 23 Ringfield Street, London, England AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mary Rose Parks (wife), 23 Ringfield Street, London, England AWMM
    • Mary Rose Parks (wife), 10 Bushwell Road, Tooting, London, England AWMM
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    31 December 1942 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Parks, Charles Honori. (Ref. WO 373/22/280). Military Medal. AWMM

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    Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
    Acute heart failure AWMM

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  • Charles Honori Parks was the son of John Bertram Parks (10/90) and Elsie Maude Parks (nee Haslock).

    He married Mary Rose Ward in London, England; she also served in WW2 with a Signals unit. They had three sons and three daughters.

    Sergeant Parks served with the Grenadier Guards and later in the New Zealand Army.

    His address at date of death was 8 Kanawa Street, Waikanae, Wellington.

    Lieutenant C. H. Parks, MM; Lower Hutt; born Wales, 6 Mar 1919; Regular soldier (Grenadier Guards); wounded 15 Jul 1942. (Source: Murphy, W.E. 2nd NZ Divisional Artillery. p.345.)

    'When the enemy counter-attacked in the late afternoon the portée were highly vulnerable. One of B Troop and another of D Troop were set on fire and a second one of B Troop was immobilised. Another B Troop portée trying to take the damaged one in tow also went up in flames. In the end an infantry portée took over and towed the damaged B Troop portée out—the sole survivor of the troop. The remaining three guns of D Troop and all four of C Troop, however, got out safely, though not without trouble. Sergeant Parks backed C1 up a rise when he heard the attack coming. He could see vehicles burning and infantry surrendering, but at first no enemy. Then he saw tanks at 300 yards and halted two of them. He had a third tank in his gunsight when a party of New Zealanders moved between gun and tank. He could see the tank gun trained on his gun and his situation was tense in the extreme. Neither fired until the last man crossed the line of fire. Then both fired at once. The tank shell struck just below the gun-shield and wounded all but the driver; the tank burst into flames. The portée driver started up and drove off. Parks, who was badly wounded, was awarded an MM for his work this day.' (Source: Murphy, W.E. 2nd NZ Divisional Artillery. pp. 345.) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    25 December 1975 AWMM
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    Cremated at Karori Crematorium, Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
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  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 3: WW2 367 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1950). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 16 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1946 to 30th June, 1948). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 16: WW2 102 AWMM
    • Murphy, W. (1966). 2nd New Zealand Divisional Artillery. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.323-4, 327-8, 345. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
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