Frank Ashton Parkin (1887–1954)


Royal Field Artillery 815001 4th North Midland Howitzer Brigade

Photo courtesy Barbara Singleton

Frank Parkin in Ww1

Frank Ashton Parkin (1887–1954)

Born in 1887 at Fritchley, Frank was a clerk who attested at Derby in January 1915 aged twenty-seven, unmarried and employed at the Midland Railway. He was promoted to Corporal in June 1915 but in May 1917 he was suffering with defective teeth, had discharge from his ear, had Valvular Disease of the Heart (VDH) and deafness. He was posted to the Army Reserve to work on munitions with the Midland Railway Coy at Derby before being demobbed in December 1918. Frank A Parkin married Mary Smith in 1918 March qtr (Belper reg district)
Army Pension Record
He attested 11/01/15 at Derby, aged 27 years 9 months, unmarried living at Fritchley. Employed by Midland Railway Co Derby. The next of kin was his father John James Parkin of Fritchley. Frank was 5ft 7in tall.
11/01/15 Posted; was with Derbyshire Artillery No 1241
14/06/15 Promoted to Corporal
25/05/17 V.D.H. discharge from ear & deafness; defective teeth
07/05/17 As from this date relegated to Army Reserve to work on Munitions with Midland Railway Coy Derby; he is unmarried
14/12/18 Disembodied on demobilization

Frank Parkin's brothers George Parkin and Harold Parkin are also on the Roll of Honour.


1901: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Information Where born
John James Parkin Head 39 Foreman lime works Fritchley
Annie E Parkin wife 40   Cromford
George N Parkin son 16 Railway clerk Fritchley
Harold J Parkin son 15 Railway clerk Fritchley
Frank A Parkin son 14 Clerk commercial Fritchley
Mary Ellen Parkin daughter 10   Fritchley

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1911: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Information Where born
John James Parkin Head 49 Lime worker Fritchley
Annie Elizth Parkin wife 50   Cromford
Harold John Parkin son 25 Railway clerk Fritchley
Frank Ashton Parkin son 24 Railway clerk Fritchley
Mary Ellen Parkin daughter 20   Fritchley
Elsie Annie Whitham niece 20   Ecclesfield
Emily Millicent Annie Elliott cousin 41   Manchester

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1939 Register: "Fritchley", Sandbed Lane
Frank A Parkin b.4 March 1887; Railway booking & parcels
Mary Parkin b.9 February 1890
Enid M Parkin b.8 October 1919; shop assistant (incapacitated)