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Parker Whitley SYMONS

Regimental number13488
Place of birthMoonta, South Australia
SchoolEast Adelaide Public School, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationFarmer
Address9 Hackney Road, St Peters, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 4.5"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sarah Symons, No 9 Hackney Road, St Peters, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the 24th Light Horse Regiment; disbanded.
Enlistment date30 September 1916
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameAuxiliary Mechanical Transport Company 3, Section 2
AWM Embarkation Roll number25/113/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 22 December 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
FateKilled in Action 5 November 1918
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)War diary, 4th Squadron, AFC, gives date of death as 4 November 1918.
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death25
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialCement House Cemetery (Plot XVIII, Row A, Grave No 9), Langemark, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
188
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Originally buried in Russeignies Churchyard before being exhumed and reburied at Cement House Cemetery. Parents: James Nagor and Sarah Threader SYMONS, 9 Hackney Road, St Peters, South Australia
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 301117 Leading Stoker Reginald James Magar SYMONS, HMS Conquest, killed in action, 25 April 1916; 881 Pte Lionel Hamilton Hyde SYMONS, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 10 May 1916; 22180 Gunner L.K.C. Symons, 7th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 1 July 1919; Stoker F.M.S. Symons, RAN.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 22 December 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 3 March 1917; marched in to Australian Army Service Corps Training Depot, Parkhouse, 6 March 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 20 June 1917.

Transferred to Australian Flying Corps, 21 December 1917.

Joined No 2 Royal Flying Corps School of Military Aeronautics, Oxford, to qualify as Flying Officer (Pilot), and appointed Cadet.

Appointed Flying Officer (Pilot) and 2nd Lieutenant, 6 June 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 21 August 1918; taken on strength, No 4 Squadron, in the field, 22 August 1918.

Reported missing in Action, 5 November 1918.

Court of Enquiry, held at Cologne, 14 February 1919, pronounced fate as 'Killed in action, 5 November 1918'.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SYMONS Parker Whitley

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