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Charles Arthur Parkes,, Jan 09, 1870 - Feb 13, 1906

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Good day

My first posting was in the wrong area of the forum,,,,

Ohh, well, long day!

I am looking for information on my Great Grandfather, Charles Arthur Parkes  (Jan 09, 1870 - Feb 13, 1906)

Buried Feb 17, 1906 at the Pollington-cum Balne Church

Also, Charles wife, my Great Grandmother, Alice Anne Elliot ( July 31, 1868 - July 12, 1903)

Buried at the Pollington-cum Balne Church

Would there be any existence of a gravestone or marker?
I would love to come and visit.

He joined the Yorks Police, July 25th 1894.

Called up for duty with the 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guard during the Boer War.

Re-appointed to the Yorks Police March 26th 1902 and resigned Aug 01, 1904 due to ill health.

The three children went to the St George's House, Northern Police Orphanage in Harrogate, after Charles death. 

Later, the children in 1912-ish,  immigrated to Canada


Evelyn May Parkes (March 01, 1894 - April 13, 1973 in Canada) "My Grandmother" 

Charles Arthur Parkes Jr (Sept 25, 1896 - Oct 9, 1927 in Canada) served, 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles - WW1

Leonard Cecil Parkes ( April 20, 1902 - April 21, 1949 in Canada)  served, RCAF - WW2

Fourth child, Winifred Belmont Parkes (April 14, 1900 - July 01, 1904 in England)

Attached are pictures from the archives of Yorks Police.

Myself, I live in Canada.

Thank you






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Charles doesn't seem to have spent much of his life around Sheffield.  Here is his entry on the 1901 cenus (living at Bingley)


Here is the summary of his probate


You should be able to obtain a copy of the full will via the website: https://probatesearch.service.gov.uk/Calendar?surname=parkes&yearOfDeath=1906#calendar

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Sheffield had its own Police force therefore if he was in the Yorkshire constabulary as claimed he would not have lived in Sheffield at that time.

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"Yorks" was what I remembered from what my Father said, but that may not be correct.


The information at St. Georges website was supplied by me.

I am attaching a few pictures of papers from the family Bible that I have here.

They seem to be cards from funerals.

The cards say where, Charles and Alice Ann are buried, Pollington-cum Balne Church.

My main reason of search is to really find out if there is any existence of graves left.

One picture attached is the inscription of the inside cover of his police Notebook.



The writing in the notebook is hard to read.

Last picture of funeral card for "George Thomas Parkes" is where this name was listed on "Charles's Probate" in the posting by "Edmund"

I don't even know who George Thomas was, brother??

I see that Charles was fond of Poetry as I have several of his poems and the one written on the funeral card of Alice Ann.

When my Grandmother, Evelyn was old enough to leave the Police Orphanage, she came to Toronto, Canada with her brother Charles Arthur Parkes JR.

A few years later, she went back to England to get her youngest brother Leonard Cecil Parkes.

Evelyn moved out to western Canada (Rosser, Manitoba) where she met and married my Great Grandfather, William Wetherelt.

At about the age of 17months (of my Father), his Father Willian Wetherelt passed away.

My Grandmother, "Evelyn" and son, moved back to Toronto to be closer to her brothers.

She remarried a few years later.

I want to thank you all for your help.

You have no idea what this really means to me.

It's almost like part of my soul is there in England and I just want to touch anything thats left from family.

Trying to trace family is a real chore as I am situated in Canada.





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Have a look at Picture Sheffield - these photos include one of the interior of number 75 Carwood Road, next door to 73 where Charles and Alice were living at the time of their marriage in 1893.  http://www.picturesheffield.com/frontend.php?searchterms=&action=search&keywords=Keywords%3BMATCHES%3B(^|+%2B)Carwood_Road(%24|+%2B)%3B

Their Banns and marriage details are below:



Alice's father Henry lived at 73 Carwood Road until his death in 1901:


Charles' father John Butler Parkes was living at 2 Little London Lane/Road, Heeley, Sheffield in 1891:


Below are Charles' Army Records:








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Thank you, Sir

That is unbelievable information.

Charles's name is inscribed on a panel somewhere in Sheffield of those who served from Sheffield. (Boer War)

I now know who Charles's Fathers name was.

I hope to retire at the end of 2018 and now Sheffield is a place that I have visit.

Growing up as a child, my Grandmother, Evelyn was so proud of her Father, Mother and Sheffield.

She alway's had a display of their effects on what I called a Memory Table.

I have some trinkets Charles brought back from the Boer War.

A very small sewing basket is one item.

I used to look at the family bible with the names in it all the time.

There is even dried flowers and Peacock feathers from her parents funeral.

Evelyn passed away in 1973 when I was 15 years old.

So many proud memories of her legend she left behind.

I can still smell her oatmeal cookies and the afternoon "Tea Time" we had together.

That was a very special moment for her.

I miss her so much, this has brought me to tears.

Amazing connection for me also;

Myself, I was a Reservist in the Canadian Army and have an affliction for WW1 from researching Charles A. Parkes Jr. and his tour of duty in Belgium.

I also was inspired to write poetry as Charles did.

Once again,

Thank you Edmund for the memories of my Family in Sheffield.

Sheffield is now part of me.

Garth Wetherall

Waterdown, Ontario


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Hi Garth,

I am afraid I can not find anything about the burials in Pollington-cum-Balne churchyard, but there is a contact telephone number 01405 860866.

Here is a census entry which I believe are your family and some of the members tally with some of the names in the notebook you have.

1881 census, James Street, Kinver, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire.

John B. Parkes, head, mar, 50yrs, Cast steel fork drawer, born Stourbridge, Worcestershire.

Susannah Parkes, wife, 50yrs, born Birmingham, Warwickshire.

Edward A. Parkes, son,  mar, 24yrs, Galvaniser in tin works, born U.S. America.

Mary E.  Parkes, dau-in law, 22yrs, born Wolverhampton, Staffoedshire.

George T. Parkes, son, 19yrs, General labourer, born Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire.

Ann E. Parkes, daur, 17yrs, born Sutton Coldfield.

Emma C. Parkes, daur, 14yrs, scholar, born Sutton Coldfield.

William H. Parkes, son, 12yrs, born Sutton Coldfield.

Charles A. Parkes, son, 11yrs, born Sutton Coldfield.

Albert J. Parkes, son, 6yrs, born Rowley, Staffordshire.

John F. Parkes, grandson, 1yr, born Tivodale, Staffordshire. 

On the 1871 census there is also a John F. Parkes aged 12 and a daughter Alice aged 10 who are down as being born in America, British Subjects.


John Butler Parkes married Susannah Atkins, 28 March 1853 at the Parish Church, Holy Trinity, Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire.

John's father is given as John Butler Parkes, sheet iron roller.       I can't find anything for the father and son prior to the marriage.


In 1901, GeorgeThomas Parkes and his wife Mary are living at 646 Brightside Lane.  George born Sutton Coldfield.

In 1911, .Edward Atkins Parkes and wife Mary Elizabeth are at 8 Crompton Road, Tipton, Staffordshire with their four children.

In 1911, John F. Parkes and wife Mary Ann are at 58 Wellesly Street, Birmingham, Warwickshire.  They have three children with them.

In 1901, William H. Parkes and wife Caroline are at 656 Brightside Lane, Sheffield.  They have two children.

Next door to William and Caroline at number 658 are Albert J. Parkes and wife Edith, they have one child.


Going back to the notebook, I found Fred Widdowson in 1901, living at 25 Ashley Road, Killamarsh.  Born Killamarsh.

Again in 1901, William Eyre is at 328 Saville Street, Sheffield,   Born Manchester, Lancashire.

I can't find a family connection to the above two people.








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I went away from the the forums for a day and I am thrown off my feet with more information on the Parkes.

I tried a few years ago on ancestry and kept coming up short all the time.

I really wish my Father and Grandmother were still alive to see this.

Thank you, Moira

I am at a loss for real words to thank you all.

I have some photographs that I will pull out and post that my Grandmother brought with her from Sheffield.

Lost of faces, but sadly, no names.

Not knowing who my Great-Great Grandparents were always bothered me.

As I said above, part of my soul was missing.

I tell people all the time, let this be a lesson, write down "Family History" and put names to pictures so that our children and grand children can enjoy what we know now. 


"Happy Canada Day" (July1st)

I have sent a email to the Church at Pollington.

My Father went there in the late 70's and was told the graves were re-used??

God, I hope not, but I guess that's the way things are done.


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