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William Henry Parkin

Date of birth: 1907/1908
Date of death: 1.9.1940
Area: Knottingley
Regiment: Coldstream Guards
Family information: Son of William Henry Parkin and Elizabeth nee Levitt
Rank: Guardsman
Service number: 2663047

War Service

William Henry Parkin served with the Coldstream Guards and was stationed at Caterham Guards Depot. He died on 1st September 1940 age 32 and was buried in Knottingley Cemetery Grave 5600.
He was one of six Coldstream Guardsmen killed on 1st September 1940 in a German air raid on RAF Kenley (about 1 mile from Caterham). Dornier 17 bombers flew in low as they came in to attack. 3 other casualties all had service numbers close to his, so it is presumed they enlisted at same time, and were probably undergoing training at Caterham.

Family Life

William Henry Parkin was born in either 1907 or 1908 at Thornhill. He was the son of William Henry Parkin, a Glassblower and Elizabeth (nee Levitt) who had married on 26th July 1901 at Christ Church, Knottingley.

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