PARKER, James Frankland
Private James Parker was mortally wounded by a premature explosion of a no. 68 grenade on field firing exercise at Cheverton Down, nr Ventnor on the Isle of Wight. The Coroner later recorded a verdict of accidental death.
Captain John Peebles M.C., Private Parker, Rfn Tommy Pollock, and 2 other ORs, were admitted to Parkhurst Military Hospital, Newport, as a result of this accident. Captain Peebles MC died of his injuries on the 11th June, almost 4 weeks after the death of Private Parker.Sources CWGC 5 Cdo War Diary 14th May 1943 ref WO218/53 (National Archives). 5 Cdo War Diary for June 1943 and CVA Forum message 3108. Coroner's Expense Book AC2007/15/1, Isle of Wight Record Office / Inquest 47/1943 held 17/05/1943 at The Library, Parkhurst Barracks. Archive entry for Captain Peebles MC [view entry]
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