John Parkinson

Pte 29495 John Parkinson

Regiment: 8th Battalion Border Regiment

Age: 18

Date of death: 27th May 1918

Buried in Jonchery-sur-vesle British Cemetery. The grave inscription reads, "Labour ended, Jordan passed".

Address: 2, Sagar Holme Terrace, Whitewell Bottom

Next of Kin: Edward and Mary Ellen Parkinson (parents)

Summary of letter recieved by parents:

No doubt by this time you will have received official news of your son's death in action. Unfortunately I cannot give details beyond the fact he was killed as I was not with the battalion on that day. Your son was a fine soldier beloved by all his comrades and a useful fellow under fire. The battalion has lost some good men including your son in the recent fighting. I am writing on behalf of the battalion as I am the only officer at present with this company. Accept my deepest sympathy in your great loss. It may comfort you to know that your son died fighting. "Greater love hath no man than this than to lay down his life for his friends." Believe me yours sincerely W L Brown 2nd Lieut B Co.

Source: Rossendale Free Press 29.06.1918 p.8 col. 4