Symons, Lieutenant Parker Whitley

No 4 Sqn AFC

Parker Symons was born in Moonta, South Australia on 4 August 1893. He was a Farmer living in Moonta, SA, and a member of the AMF 24th Light Horse when he joined the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Mechanical Transport Company in Adelaide on 30 September 1916. He left on HMAT A34 Persic on 22 December 1916. After service on the Western Front with the AAMT, he transferred to the AFC for pilot training in January 1918, after which he was commissioned in June 1918, and promoted to Lieutenant three months later. In August he was posted to No 4 Sqn in France.

He was killed in action near Buisseral on 4 November 1918 while flying Sopwith Snipe E8038. He was last seen in combat with twelve Fokker D.VIIs when on an Offensive Patrol. His was one of four Snipes lost in the action. Ltn Ernst Bormann of Jasta 2 was credited with a victory over a Snipe west of Renaix; it was his 16th and last victory.

Lt P W Symons is buried in Grave XVIII A 9 at Cement House Cemetery, Russeignies, Belgium.

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