A Saturday Night Soldier
Sergeant Stanley Parkinson Lincolnshire Regiment, Royal Pioneer Corps & Fire Service
1939-45 Star. Defence Medal. War Medal 1939-45. Fire Brigade Exemplary Service Medal. Efficiency Medal 'Territorial'.
The Man Stanley Parkinson was born on Monday 14th June 1920 in Horncastle, near Bucknall in Lincolnshire. His mother’s maiden name was Booth. In 1938 he enlisted into the Territorial Army 4th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment (The Saturday Night Soldiers), which was part of the 146th Brigade and attached to the 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division, with service number 4803380. His Battalion, together with the 5th were mobilised on 1st September 1939, following the German invasion of Poland. The 4th Battalion comprised Companies at Horncastle (B Company), Boston (C), Alford & Spilsby (D), and Lincoln (HQ & A). Following a period assisting Police and Air Raid Wardens in Scunthorpe, as this was seen as a prime target for the Luftwaffe, and being on standby to go to the aid of Finland, Stanley and his Regiment boarded The Empress of Austria in early April 1940 and sailed to Norway as part of the Anglo French North West Expeditionary Force following the German invasion. Stanley and his comrades at arms were among the first British soldiers to come into contact against an advancing enemy in the field in the Second World War at Krogs Farm in the Inderoy Municipality. It is possible it was here Stanley was wounded in action on 21st / 22nd April. Ill-equipped, without air support and despite moderate success in the northern parts of Norway the NWEF soon had to be evacuated following the invasion of France in May. Within a few weeks, The Lincolns were sent to garrison neutral Iceland and whilst there trained as Alpine troops until returning to the United Kingdom in 1942. Following his return to the UK Stanley was transferred to the Royal Pioneer Corps and promoted to Sergeant spending the remainder of the War on home defence duties. At the end of the conflict he was awarded the 1939-45 Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-45 and Efficiency Medal ‘Territorial’ named to him in the Pioneer Corps. Stanley married Erilys Alwen Hughes during the second quarter of 1946 in Horncastle and joined the Fire Service, being promoted to Leading Fireman and after 20 years awarded the Fire Brigade Exemplary Service Medal. He died during the third quarter of 1983 aged just 63, Erilys surviving him by 21 years and herself passing away on 29th October 2004 aged 80.
The Story The group of medals awarded to Stanley Parkinson were acquired from dealer Geoff Wright at a Stratford Upon Avon Medal Fair on 10th March 2002. They were the first set purchased after a second pause in the hobby between 1997 and 2002, largely due to a career change and house purchase. The group raised interest due to the double long service award of the Efficiency Medal and Fire Brigade Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. Despite attempts at the time to research, nothing could be found due to the common name and little additional detail. The group lay unresearched for a further 16 years until a fellow medal collector from Scotland, Jim Bishop, who had previously been very helpful with the research of another group within this collection, William Carrie Officer, made contact in March 2018. Jim explained he had looked at Stanley Parkinson’s medals on this web site in order to compare to a similar set he had. Out of curiosity, he had entered Stanley’s service number into the WW2 section of Find My Past and it revealed he had been wounded in Norway whilst with the Lincolnshire Regiment. Jim then searched for newspaper articles and found further detail of the wound which mentioned Stanley came from Bucknall, with a town name, this enabled him locate Stanley’s Birth, Marriage and Death details. This important additional detail enabled Stanley’s biography to be extended and revealed the interesting story of the 4th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment (The Saturday Night Soldiers) in the Norway Campaign of 1940. Thanks to the diligence of a fellow ordecomedologist, another hitherto unknown soldier, has now at least some of his past revealed for posterity.
The Norwegian Campaign (9 April to 10 June 1940) was fought in Norway between Norway, the Allies and Germany in World War II after the latter's invasion of the country. In April, the United Kingdom and France came to Norway's aid with an expeditionary force. Despite moderate success in the northern parts of Norway, the Allies were eventually compelled to withdraw by Germany's invasion of France in May, and the Norwegian government sought exile in London. The campaign ended with the occupation of Norway by Germany, and the continued fighting by exiled Norwegian forces from abroad. The 62 days of fighting made Norway the nation that withstood a German invasion for the second longest period of time, after the Soviet Union.
- 1939-45 Star: Unnamed as awarded.
- Defence Medal: Unnamed as awarded.
- War Medal 1939-45: Unnamed as awarded.
- Coronation Medal 1952: Unnamed as awarded.
- Fire Brigade Long Service & Good Conduct Medal: LDG FIREMAN STANLEY PARKINSON
- Efficiency Medal: 4803380 SJT. S.PARKINSON. R.P.C.6416
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