Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the South Staffordshire area who died during the two World Wars.
George Nathaniel Parkes was born at Somerford in 1898. He was the son of Nathaniel Parkes, a waggoner on the Somerford Estate, and his wife Evelyn. The family were still living at Somerford in 1911 but later moved to Stafford.
George left school in 1912 and worked at the mine in Cannock. He enlisted in the army in January 1915 and went to France in September 1915 where he served with D Battery of the 112th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. George probably saw action throughout the Somme Campaign of 1916. He was killed in action on 31st May 1917 during the preparations for the Battle of Messines. He is buried in Dranoutre Military Cemetery.
Driver George Parkes, 76038, was awarded the Victory and British Medals and the 1914/15 Star.
This memorial has mostly been compiled from official sources. It would be good to be able to expand it with more personal material - memories, stories, photos, etc. If you have any suitable material or any corrections please contact Greg.