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Graham Beresford Parkinson

Bull, George Robert, 1910-1996. Bull, George Robert, 1910-1966 : Brigadier Graham Beresford Parkinson, Maadi, Egypt. New Zealand. Department of Internal Affairs. War History Branch :Photographs relating to World War 1914-1918, World War 1939-1945, occupation of Japan, Korean War, and Malayan Emergency. Ref: DA-04418-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22702246
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Graham Beresford AWMM
  • Surname
    Parkinson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Ike AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 50614 AWMM
    • WWII 1522 AWMM
    • WWII 30002 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    5 November 1896 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Unknown AWMM Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM 6 Easdale Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM 6 Easdale Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • 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
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Military decorations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
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  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
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Biographical information

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  • Maj.-Gen. G.B. ("Ike") Parkinson, C.B.E., D.S.O. & Bar , born in Wellington and educated at Wellington College, entered the Royal Military College at Duntroon, Australia, in 1914. He was posted to the Royal New Zealand Artillery and served in France and Belgium in 1917-18. His post between the wars included that of Officer Commanding RNZA, Central Command, Wellington 1931-32 and Commander RNZA at Army Headquarters 1937 39. He was Commanding Officer 4th Field Regiment, RNZA at the beginning of WW2 and later (1944) was temporarily Commander of the 2nd New Zealand Division and the New Zealand Divisional Artillery.

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