Henry John Parkins

Shown standing with an unidentified comrade



May 3, 1893

Born at Great Bardfield Essex, England


Nov 11, 1914

Shown on pay sheet of the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario


Nov 13, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø     Number 59775 (temporary number 216)

Ø     Next of kin given as Mrs Elizabeth Parkins (mother) of Great Bardfield Essex, England

Ø     Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø     No previous military experience given

Ø     Religion given as Church of England

Ø     Assigned to “B” Company

o      Later changed to “A” Company


Feb 21, 1915

Admitted to Kingston hospital with Edema in ankles (swelling, usually from fluid retention).


Feb 26, 1915

Discharged from hospital


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp near Hythe, Kent, England


Aug 7, 1915

Admitted to Moore Barracks Hospital at Shorncliffe with Tonsillitis


Aug 13, 1915

Discharged from hospital 

To return in 10 days to have tonsils removed


Aug 23, 1915

Admitted to Canadian Military Hospital at Shorncliffe to have tonsils removed


Sep 3, 1915

Discharged from hospital


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Sep 19, 1915

Will made out leave estate to his mother, Elizabeth Parkins, of Great Bardfield, Essex, England


Mar 4, 1916

Attached to 2nd Division for traffic control police


Nov 13, 1916

Awarded a Good Conduct Badge


Apr 28, 1917

Wounded by shrapnel in right leg and admitted to #4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance)


May 1, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Denis



May 2, 1917

TOS (Taken On Strength) the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital 

Admitted to County of Middlesex War Hospital at Westbury St Albans


Aug 18, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Division Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom


Aug 24, 1917

Discharged from hospital, fit for Category “A iii” (fit for full service after hardening by exercise)


Nov 24, 1917

Arrived at No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Le Havre France and TOS 21st Battalion


Nov 28, 1917

Arrived at CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Center)


Feb 1, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field then attached to the 4th Canadian Trench Mortar Battery


Mar 14, 1918

Transferred to and TOS the 4th Canadian Light Trench Mortar Battery


Jul 27, 1918

Requested a transfer back to the 21st Battalion


Aug 2, 1918

Request for transfer approved


Aug 5, 1918

Transferred to and TOS the 21st Battalion


Aug 31, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field


Oct 11, 1918           Killed in Action



Niagara Cemetery
Iwuy France


Aug 12, 1920

The 1914-15 Star medal and the Memorial Cross sent to mother, of Little Lodge, Great Bardfield, Essex, England


Dec 24, 1920

Death Scroll sent to father, Mr Fred Parkins, of Little Lodge, Great Bardfield, Essex, England


Aug 5, 1921

Death Plaque sent to father


Apr 9, 1923

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to mother


Above is a family plot in the St Mary's Church Cemetery at Great Bardfield, Essex, England.  His parents, Elizabeth and Fred Parkin, are buried on the left, while his grandfather, John Parkin, is on the right.  On the base of his grandfather's marker is the inscription shown.   It reads:

of his grandson
Henry John Parkin
Killed in action in France
October 11th, 1918.  Aged 25 years

The War Memorial in the town of Great Bardfield, Essex, England, where Henry J Parkins' name is inscribed and remembered forever


The photo of Henry Parkins, and those from Great Bardfield, were graciously supplied by his great nephew, Peter Bretton


For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the same names were being broadcast via the internet to schools across Belgium and Canada.  The image above shows the opening ceremonies at the Belgian War Memorial on November 4, 2010. 

Below on the left is the name of Henry Parkins being projected on that wall.  Below right shows the name being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.

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