Herbert Parkinson (c.1885-1919)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.


Herbert Parkinson was born in Kirkheaton, the son of coal miner Schofield and Annie E. Parkinson.

In 1891, the family was living in Love's Yard, Huddersfield. By 1901, they had moved to 59 Northumberland Street, Huddersfield and Schofield was working as an "ice cream packer" whilst 15-year-old Herbert was an "apprentice blazer".

He married Mary Ann Cooney on 27 April 1905.

In 1911, Herbert was living with his wife and their daughter, May Ivy, in Love's Yard, where he was working as a brickmaker.

After serving in the Army, he was admitted to the Huddersfield War Hospital on 10 April 1918, where heart disease was diagnosed. His medical notes stated:

He has been deaf & had discharging ears for 9 years (own statement). Was admitted here collapsed with blueness of lips & loss of use of legs. Has had shortness of breath. Slight bronchitis also present on admission. [...] This man is very forgetful & evidently has had ear trouble but I do not find any evidence of perforation & there has been little dicharge since admission here. He seems a wreck, physically.

He was discharged from the Army on 29 May 1918 at York, after completing 330 days of service. His record noted that he was "honest and sober" of character but was to be:

discharged in in consequence of being no longer physically fit for War Server under para 392(xvi)(a) Regs. Disability V.D.A. [i.e. valvular disease of the heart] aggravated by ordinary Military Service.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

PARKINSON, HERBERT. Private. No 31964. 3rd Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Son of Schofield and Annie Elizabeth Parkinson, of Northumberland Street, Huddersfield. Husband of Mary Ann Parkinson, 96 Northumberland Street, Huddersfield. Died at home on 27.3.1919, aged 33. Buried EDGERTON CEMETERY, HUDDERSFIELD. Grave location:- 66, 120G.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission