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Edward Joseph PARKS

Date of birth18 June 1894
Place of birthAdelaide South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressHarold Street, Largs Bay, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Joseph Parks, Harold Street, Largs Bay, South Australia
Enlistment dateNO ENTRY
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name16th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A61 Kanowna on 24 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant-Colonel
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion


Unit: 16th Battalion
Promotion date: 9 October 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124 (30 October 1919).5

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).

FateReturned to Australia 25 September 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. As Adjutant to his battalion he showed the greatest forethought in arranging reliefs, and particularly in the matter of making personal reconnaissances both before and after reliefs. No risk was too great for him to undertake, and on several occasions he went through enemy barrage whilst reconnoitring the front line.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Distinguished Service Order

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Family/military connectionsNephew: 3473 Arthur William SYMONDS, 11th Bn, died of wounds, 9 October 1917.
Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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