William John Park was the son of John and Margaret Park. William was born on 29th May 1887 in the Magherafelt area.. John Park was a farmer and a member of Magherafelt Rural District Council (R.D.C.) and also a Justice of the Peace (J.P.). The family lived in Grange, Desertmartin, County Londonderry. William emigrated to Canada. Prior to enlisting, William was employed as a motorman with Toronto Suburban Railway. William Park was married to Isobel Annie Parke. They were living at Berkmount Avenue, Toronto. Private William Parke was serving with the 58th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry when he was killed in action at Passchendaele on Friday 26th October 1917.
Ypres (now Ieper) is a town in the Province of West Flanders. The Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town on the road to Menin (Menen) and Courtrai (Kortrijk). Each night at 8 pm the traffic is stopped at the Menin Gate while members of the local Fire Brigade sound the Last Post in the roadway under the Memorial's arches.