Harry Whitmore Parks

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Unit at enlistment: 
125th Battalion
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Survived the war: 
Mount Hope Cemetery, Soldiers' Plot, Brantford, Ontario
Birth country: 
Birth county: 
Birth city: 
Troy, Ontario
Address at enlistment: 
77 Palace Street, Brantford, Ontario
Next of kin address: 
77 Palace Street, Brantford, Ontario
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Letters and documents

BX April 23, 1917

Brant Casualty List Mounts Up – 22 Today – Twenty-Two Names of Local or County Men Given Out Today – First Brant Battalion Draft Suffered Severely

Issued today is one of the lengthiest weekend casualties lists yet made public since the outbreak of war. In the list are given 19 Brantford men, all of whom with one exception were wounded. Three Simcoe men, two Paris men and one Burford man are also in the list. Many are official confirmations. The Expositor having previously mentioned them. 

Word has been received by Mrs. Ella Parks, 79 Palace Street, that her husband, Pte. Harry Whitmore Parks had been slightly wounded in the side on April 12. He has been admitted to No. 32 Stationary Hospital at Wimereux France. He went overseas with the 1st Battalion and went across to France with the first draft from that unit.

BX December 3, 1917
Brantford Veterans

A contingent of about 250 returned soldiers reached North Toronto station at 8.30 this morning. The party is the second half of the big contingent which had been at Quebec for the past two weeks. The list includes the following: Brantford – H.W. Parks, 79 Palace Street; G.B. Ramsay, 6 Spring Street; J. Rumble, 59 Strathcona Avenue;  H.A. Selmes, 74 Spring Street; G. Sowers, Ruth Street; R. Waterhouse, Oakland post office, care D. Secord; Wakeling. Burford – M.S. Todd

BX December 4, 1917
Two Veterans Arrived Home – More Expected to Come to the City Today or Tuesday

Two Brantford veterans returned home Saturday afternoon. The Soldiers’ Aid Commission and the G.W.V.A. had deputations to meet the 3.52 G.T.R. train from Toronto on Saturday afternoon, expecting to meet H. Blanchard of 53 Oxford Street; H. Churchward, 105 Cayuga; Sergt J. Hardy, 29 Rawdon Street, and A. Lamb, 90 Oxford Street. None of these men however arrived. The Soldiers’ Aid Commission which was represented by Ald. Dowling and Mr. George MacDonald then met the 4.36 T.H. and B. train and on this arrived Privates Blanchard and Hardy. The other two men who were expected had broken their journey at Hamilton and were to return later by radial. The seven other men H.W. Parks, 79 Palace Street; G.B. Ramsay, 6 Spring Street; J. Rumble, 59 Strathcona Avenue; A.H. Selmes, 74 Spring Street; G. Sowers, Ruth Street and A. Waterhouse Oakland, P.O., who are the balance of the party expected last week, will likely arrive sometime today. Further word has been received that five more men will reach Toronto today. They are William Abbott, 103 Sydenham Street; E.G. Hall, 284 St. Paul Avenue; J.A. Pennell, 41 Spring Street; C.E. Warner, 17 Balfour Street.

BX September 24, 1947

Harry Whitmore Parks

The death occurred at the Brantford General Hospital Monday of Harry Parks, husband of Ella Ferguson, in his 66th year.  Mr. Parks was born in Ontario, and had resided in this city for some years.  During the First World War, he served overseas with the 125th Battalion.  Besides his widow, he is survived by a daughter, Miss Fern Parks, Brantford; two sons, Hewson Parks, Brantford and Donald Parks, Paris; one brother, Walter Parks, California, and one sister, Mrs. Ariel Thompson, Cleveland, Ohio.  Mr. Parks is resting at Thorpe Brothers Funeral Home, where the service will be conducted Thursday afternoon.  Interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.

BX September 26, 1947

Harry Whitmore Parks

Thursday afternoon, funeral services for Harry Parks, husband of Ella Ferguson was conducted form Thorpe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Wayman K. Roberts, Minister of First Baptist Church was in charge of the services.  Pallbearers, members of the Canadian Legion, Branch 90 and under the charge of E.R. Edwards, were D. Monkman, H. Twidale, H. Kitchen, A. Wright, H. Kneller and E. Cass.  Interment was in the Soldiers’ Plot Mount Hope Cemetery.  Sea Cadet G. McGregor sounded the Last Post.