Private George T Parkes

19 Sep 1944

George Thomas Parkes was the son of Charles and Emily Parkes, of Aston, Birmingham. He enlisted into the South Staffordshire Regiment and volunteered for airborne forces.

Private Parkes successfully completed his glider training and was posted to D Company, 2nd (Airborne) Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment and took part in Operation Market Garden (Arnhem).

Pte Parkes was killed in action on 19 September 1944, aged 25, and was given a field burial by the Dutch Red Cross beside Onderlangs at Arnhem on 2 October 1944, and was re-interred to Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery on 5 September 1945.

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By Rod Gibson

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