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William Henry Parkes

Portrait of Colonel William Henry Parkes. Image sourced from Imperial War Museums' 'Bond of Sacrifice' collection. ©IWM HU 116627

Portrait of Colonel William Henry Parkes. Image sourced from Imperial War Museums' 'Bond of Sacrific …


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    William Henry AWMM
  • Surname
    Parkes AWMM
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    WWI 3/712 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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    Unknown AWMM 53 Symonds Street, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
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    Mrs M.E. Parkes (wife), 53 Symonds Street, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 13 June 1915 AWMM Married AWMM


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    Army AWMM
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    WWI 3/712 AWMM
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    WW1 AucklandNew Zealand AWMM
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    Doctor Public - Karen - Other Relative - 25 April 2015 - Family Oral history
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  • _____________________________

    William Henry Parkes - 1874 -1933

    William Henry Parkes, a son of William Parkes and Elizabeth Parkes nee Mosedale, was born in Derby in England. The family came to New Zealand in 1885 and settled in Christchurch. He started his medical studies in Otago and then shifted to Edinburgh in Scotland where he graduated M.B. and Ch.M. (Edin) in 1892. He came back to New Zealand and set up a private practice in Auckland. He married Maud Elizabeth Ross daughter of John Ross of “Inverlochy” in Wellington on 25 Jan 1899. The marriage was performed by the Bishop of Wellington at St Peters Church.

    They had 1 daughter and 2 sons born at the family home “Ngahuri” in Lower Symonds Street in Auckland.

    He had worked in a voluntary position as a surgeon and physician with the Auckland Hospital Board from 1898 -1907 and for many years was involved in the nurses’ examinations.

    When Truby King set up the Plunket Society in 1907, Dr Parkes was appointed as the chief medical adviser to the organisation. He held this position until his death in 1933. His wife was also involved serving as the first president of the Auckland branch. A position she held for many years.

    Dr parkes was a major in the Territorial and was the officer commanding Auckland No 1 Field Ambulance. In 1910 he was appointed the principal medical officer for Auckland Military District and promoted to a Lieutenant Colonel. That same year their house was ransacked and jewellery worth about £850 was taken. The offender was caught after trying to sell small trinkets to a second hand dealer. He said he found the goods hidden in the Domain. Most of the valuable jewellery was never located.

    During the war, Dr Parkes was in charge of a 1000 bed military hospital in Egypt and was awarded the CMG. Later he was given a CBE and was made a Knight of Grace of the order of St John. He was given the New Zealand Volunteer Officers award for being a commissioned officer in Auckland for more than 20 years.

    After serving overseas during WW1, Dr Parkes returned to Auckland and continued his involvement with his private practice. He died at his home “Marinoto” in Symonds Street aged 63 and was buried at Purewa Cemetery. His headstone reads “My beloved husband and great comrade who passed away on 19 September 1933 aged 69”. His wife who died in1947 is buried in the same plot.

    Above biography was transcribed, researched and written by Margaret Nash of Panmure Branch of NZSG
    _____________________________ AWMM
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  • William H Parkes, I am blessed to be your descendant. I have been researching and collecting stories about you from our family for a few years now. You had an amazing life and contributed to the benefit of so many peoples futures. You inspired me to serve in the military along with other members of our family and your accomplishments during that time alone were beyond compare. I would like to mention running the hospital in Egypt in WW1 and also mention some or your awards and medals:
    1. Grand Cross for the order of St Michael and St George
    2. Order of the British Empire
    3. Knight of Grace for the order of St John of Jerusalem
    4. The 1914 Star
    5. The British War Medal
    6. The Inter Allied Victory Medal
    7. The Colonial Auxiliary Forces Officers Decoration
    8. The Colonial Auxiliary Forces Long Service Medal 20 years (King George V)
    9. The New Zealand Long and Efficient Service Medal
    Public - Joseph - Direct descendant - 13 June 2020
  • W.H.Parkes. I think of you today 100 years after Gallipoli and thank-you for your contribution. You were about my age now as you headed off to war leaving behind your beautiful wife Maude and young family. It must have seemed strange to return to the land of your birth (in 1864) having grown up in New Zealand trained as a doctor and built a life and beautiful home for yourselves here. Even harder must have been trying to provide organization and medical care amongst the chaos of WW1. I hope you would be proud of the legacy you left with 3 of your great-grandchildren from my family training as doctors. We grew up hearing about your medals and your work and always knew we had the medical profession in our family. At the dawn service today at the rising of the sun we said and meant "we will remember you.."
    Public - Karen - Other Relative - 25 April 2015



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • McDonald, W. (2001). Honours and awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. Napier, N.Z.: Helen McDonald. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Page No: 564 AWMM
    • Pat Clarkson Medical Practitioner Research Project (January 2014). AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 1: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Colin M. Gordon Album (1915-1918). Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira PH-ALB-376. AWMM
    • Unknown, photographer (1915-1916). [Agnes (Peggy) Williams photograph album]. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira PH-2017-2-3. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 5: Includes portrait AWMM


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13 June 2020JosephMARANGAROODirect descendant
17 July 2015KarenPukekoheOther Relative
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