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William Albert Parkes

Headstone, Warkworth Cemetery, 93-97 McKinney Road (photo J. Halpin 2011) - This image may be subject to copyright

Headstone, Warkworth Cemetery, 93-97 McKinney Road (photo J. Halpin 2011) - This image may be subjec …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Albert AWMM
  • Surname
    Parkes AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • HG 1/6774 AWMM
    • 204172 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Snells Beach, Warkworth, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Henry Parkes (father), Snells Beach, Warkworth, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • HG 1/6774 AWMM
    • 204172 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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  • Embarkation details

Prisoner of war

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

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
    Electrocuted in a work accident AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • "HOME GUARD MEMBERS. CONTACT WITH POWER LINES. Two members of the home Guard were killed on Monday afternoon whilst erecting a telephone wire at Wharehine, about eight miles from Wellsford. They were – Mr. John Pavlovich, single, aged 54 of Te Arai. Mr. William Albert Parkes, single aged 22 of Snell Street, Warkworth.

    A group of Home Guardsmen under the direction of the Post and Telegraph Department faults team, was erecting the telephone wire beneath a span of the Waitemata Electric Power Board‘s 11.000 volt high-tension line. The telephone wire was held by a binder almost directly beneath the high-tension line. When the telephone line was strained the binder broke and the wire made contact with the power line. The two men who had been pulling on the line were killed instantly.

    The manager of the Power Board Mr A. Main said yesterday that the board’s high-tension line had been erected in accordance with the regulations and there was adequate clearance between it and the wire being erected." New Zealand Herald 8th. December 1942

    CWGC list his grave as Warkworth Presbyterian public cemetery AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    7 December 1942 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    WellsfordAuckland Province AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Warkworth Cemetery, 93-97 McKinney Road, Warkworth AWMM Block 1 Row 1 Plot 122 Seq 1 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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