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William James Parkes

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    William James AWMM
  • Surname
    Parkes AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • 17 AWMM
    • 30691 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1878 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mr Parkes, Palmerston North, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs F. Parkes (wife), 2 Hankey Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Cape Colony AWMM
    • Orange Free State AWMM
    • 24 May 1900-31 May 1902 Transvaal AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • 17 AWMM
    • 30691 AWMM
  • Military service
    Palmerston North Rifles AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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


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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
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, South Africa AWMM
    Admitted to hospital in February 1900 suffering from a bad bone injury resulting from a horse kick. (Stowers, p.173) AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • He was a farrier in Palmerston North

    During his escape from Jasfontein, Parkes fell heavily when his horse was shot dead. Sergeant Mahood and Hubbard rescued him, with Lindsay's help. (Stowers, p.173)

    Pope returned to New Zealand aboard the S.S. 'Harleck Castle

    Embarked with the 22nd Reinforcements

    Received a long service, 14 years, service with the Prison Department

    In 1999 his descendant was invited to a Commemoration, in Wellington, of the 1st Contingent embarkation and was presented with a commemorative medal. The Commemoration coincided with the Conference

    Incorrectly described as a farmer in Stowers. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    14 September 1926 AWMM
    Age 48 AWMM
    TimaruCanterbury AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Timaru Cemetery, Timaru, New Zealand AWMM Plot 221 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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