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William Henry Parkes
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:
Public - Joseph - Direct descendant - 13 June 2020
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
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