Parkes, Second Lieutenant William

No 7 Training Sqn AFC

William Parkes came from North Creswick, Victoria, and was 23, and working in HM Customs Office, when he joined the 27th Infantry Battalion in Adelaide on August 1915. He left Adelaide on HMAT A7 Medic on 12 January 1916. In November 1916, while serving on the Western Front, he transferred to the 7th Machine Gun Company; a year later he transferred to the AFC for pilot training, after which he was commissioned in June 1918.

He was killed in an aircraft accident at Tetbury, Gloucestershire, on 1 September 1918 while flying RE 8 D4915. The RE 8 had been engaged in air fighting practice against another RE 8 and was approaching to land, when 2Lt Parkes increased power, apparently in an effort to avoid the landing and to go around. He turned left, and then turned left again, at which point the aircraft stalled, spun, and crashed.

2Lt W Parkes is buried at Leighterton Church Cemetery, Gloucestershire, England.

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