Parkinson, Joseph Harold
Parkinson, Joseph Harold

Joseph Harold Parkinson was born on 1 July 1925 in Lostock Hall. His father was also Joseph Harold Parkinson (b. 1902 in Bamber Bridge), an employee in the Leyland Robber Works. His mother was Ruth Chamberlain (b. 1901 in Bamber Bridge). Joe snr and Ruth were married in 1925 and Joe jnr was born later that year. In 1939, the family were living with Ruth’s mother at 103 Todd Lane North, Lostock Hall.

Parkinson, Joseph Harold

Fairmile B type motor launch

Joe jnr turned 18 in the summer of 1943 and he joined the Navy. At the time, he was working as a shop assistant. He was posted to H.M.M.L. 584. M.L. stands for motor launch. M.L. 584 was a Fairmile B type and was commissioned in July 1943.  This type of ship was used mainly for harbour defence. In the summer of 1944, M.L. 584 saw service in the Mediterranean. By this time, however, Joe was seriously ill. He had lymphoma, from which he died on 17 October 1944 at the Royal Naval Auxiliary Hospital, Seaforth, Liverpool. He was only 19 years old.


Rank: Ordinary Seaman

Service Number: P/JX 427728

Unit/Regiment: Royal Navy, HMML 584

Date of death: 17/10/1944

Age: 19

Buried at: BROWNEDGE (ST MARY) ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCHYARD

Grave Reference: Sec. H. Grave 12A.

Additional Information: Son of Joseph Harold and Ruth Parkinson, of Preston Junction.

Parkinson, Joseph Harold