PARKINSON-CUMINE, Ralph Nicholas

Rank: 
Captain
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Honours & Awards: 
Born: 
Monday, July 10, 1922
Died : 
Wednesday, November 29, 1950
Killed in action or died of wounds
Operations: 
Age: 
28

Capt. Parkinson-Cumine MC, 'B' troop, was reported missing presumed killed during operations in Korea. 

His death occured whilst the Commando were engaged in operations with US Forces as part of Taskforce Drysdale, named after their Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Douglas B. Drysdale , heading out from Koto-ri, Korea, in an attempt to relieve allied forces at Hagaru-ri.  This was during what later became known as the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.
[Sources: AFM ROH / Korean Vets. Assn. website / Devon Heritage website]
 

In WW2 he served with 'E' troop 43RM Commando at Argenta, and was awarded the MC for his "gallantry, zeal, and skill during the attack on Sarande, and the seizure of the island of Solta."  

In 1944 he is pictured in a photo in our gallery taken of staff at the Commando Basic Training Centre Officers Mess.

Additional Sources
Award: London Gazettes Supp. 37013, page 1791.
Image: Castle Commando by Donald Gilchrist
 

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