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  • WW1 Memorial Plaque ~ Lance Corporal William Alexander Parkes

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    The Memorial Plaque was issued after the First World War to the next-of-kin of all British and Empire service personnel who were killed as a result of the war

    This is the death plaque issued to Kathleen Ellen Parkes of Hawkwell Cottages, Pembury. Kathleen's husband was Lance Corporal William Alexander Parkes (service number 25991) who died from pneumonia and influenza on his return from France on the 13 October 1918. Lance Corporal Parkes was 27 years old and was in the Royal Engineers 340th Railway Construction Company. 

    Pictures include Lance Corporal Parkes headstone which is in the south boundary of Brenchley (All Saints) Churchyard (left of the gate). William was buried on the 3rd birthday of his son, and had died a year to the day that his brother, a rifleman had died of wounds.

    William was the son of William Dunster Parkes and Mary Ann Parkes, of Mount Pleasant, Brenchley. 

    William had been awarded the Victory and British Star. He was a Wheelright by trade and his employer had him exempted from military service previously as the business would have ceased without William. William enlisted on the 26 March 1917 and was with the BEF from the 14 April 1917 until the 26 September 1918 when he was sent back to UK. 

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