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Surname PARKES
Given Name(s) or Initial(s) Sydney Ernest
Regimental Number 144
Unit Name 1st New South Wales Mounted Rifles
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(from Sources as shown)

Murray: 'B'Sqn.
B5204: Queen's South Africa medal and 4 clasps (Jbg. DH Witte. & CC).
URL1: Sid. PARKES WW1 AIF 6LH, fought at Wittebergen, Diamond Hill, Rhenoster Kop, Zand R. and dozen other places, reminiscences would make diverting copy, stopped mauser bullet.
URL2: PARKES Sydney Ernest, Sgt. 188 6LH.
URL3: WW1 AIF 6LH 188 Sergeant B Sqn., PARKES Sidney Ernest a wool buyer aged 35 in 1914 born in Staffs. Eng., next of kin mother in Hornsby NSW, 7 years 7th Regt. [?] Sergt., 18 months NSWMR SA Sergt., 1st Regt. Inf., Tpr. 10.9.1914 Sergt. 1.10.1914 killed in action 24.5.1915 at Anzac Cove Gallipoli, buried in Shrapnel Gully Cemetery.
URL4: ?dangerously wounded at Rhenoster Post.
URL5: dangerously wounded at Rhenoster Poort c10.1900.
Source References
Murray: Official Records of the Australian Contingents etc. page(s) 64
Howe: Words of War page(s) 99
B5204: National Archives of Australia series B5204
Syd. Herald : Sydney Morning Herald newspaper date(s) 14.12.1914
B2455: National Archives of Australia series B2455 BHMNr: 12.10.1900
W. Mail: Western Mail newspaper date(s) 20.10.1900
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Apology: For some time now it has been difficult to keep up with the newly available sources (especially the Trove newspaper site) plus the flow of contributions and queries. So I have been forced to prioritise maintenance and data entry over replying to correspondence. Nevertheless, your contributions are being added to the database and acknowledged on the contributions page and, although my replies are many months behind, I will attempt to get to them more often.
Colin Roe

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