Robert Henry Parkinson, son of George Collier and Eleanor Parkinson and husband of Lucy Parkinson, of Hulme, Manchester, enlisted in the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) and later volunteered for airborne forces.
Private Parkinson attended parachute course 40 at RAF Ringway from 1 to 11 December 1942 and was posted to 127 Parachute Field Ambulance, RAMC.
He later took part in the amphibious landings in Italy in September 1943, on board a mine layer, HMS Abdiel. Unfortunately, HMS Abdiel struck a mine in Taranto Harbour causing significant casualties and loss of life, including Pte Parkinson.
Pte Parkinson died at sea on 10 September 1943, aged 24.
He is commemorated on the Cassino Memorial.
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