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Parkes, Horace Frederick

Horace F. Parkes (Faculty of Laws) fell at Neuve Chapelle under circumstances of great gallantry. Parkes enlisted as a Private in the Artists' Rifles at the beginning of the war, but was soon gazetted as 2nd Lieut. in the 1st Royal Welsh Fusiliers. In his kitbag was a soiled copy of the Christmas card which we sent out to all King's men on active service. His commanding officer wrote thus of him in a letter to his people: "As his company commander I fully realised his value ...... on the day he was killed he performed an act of gallantry which may well have saved the day for our forces. Several men of two battalions were retiring, they had no officers left, and the German counter attack would have succeeded had not your son rallied our troops, returned to the attack, and successfully beaten back the attack. He died peacefully, death being instantaneous. His name is worthy to be written large in the history of Neuve Chapelle." King's College Review June 1915

Biographical

Surname(s)Parkes
First name(s)Horace Frederick
Family detailsSon of Harry C. and K. Parkes, of "Heatherbrae", The Avenue, Moordown, Bournemouth
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dept / courseFaculty of Laws
Military unitRoyal Welsh Fusiliers, 1st Battn.
Date enlistedOutbreak of war
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Decorations / medalsMentioned in despatches
Date of death12 March 1915
Age at death25
Rank at deathSecond Lieutenant
Cause of deathKilled in action
Commemoration(s)King's College Chapel; Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
SourcesKing's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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