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681645   Private William John Park
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 21/01/2019
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 58th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Canadian Army)
Date Of Birth: 29/05/1887
Died: 26/10/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 30
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.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Menin Gate
  Ypres (Ieper), West-Vlaanderen
Grave Ref: Panel 18-24-26-30
CWGC Casualty 1595118
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.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Castledawson WW1 Memorial - Panel 1 Castledawson
2 Curran Presbyterian Church - WW1 Roll of Honour Knockloughrim
3 Curran Masonic Lodge No. 532 - WW1 Roll of Honour Knockloughrim
Local Insitute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 They Didn't Come Home - Castledawson - WWI 86
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Park family 1901 census lists William as age 12 living with the family at house 1 in Grange, Desertmartin, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists Park family 1911 census does not list William as living with the family at house 41 in Grange, Desertmartin, Londonderry.
3 Canadian Great War Project Details of Private William John Parke
4 Canadian Virtual War Memorial Details of Private William John Parke
5 Castledawson War Dead Details of Lance Corporal William John Park
6 Circumstances of Death Registers Details of Private William John Parke's death
7 Forum discussion (GWF) Details of Private William John Park
8 Private Robert Park Brother of Private William Parke
9 Private William John Parke Canadian Military documents (44 no.)
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2023