Mervyn Roy Parkin
From Our Contribution
King's Park Honour walk Lovekin drive
|Date of Birth||23 Mar 1910|
|Place of Birth||Palmyra, Western Australia|
|Death||19 Apr 1941|
|Place of Death||Greece|
|Age at Enlistment||29 years, 11 months|
|Next of Kin||, A Parkin|
|Date of Enlistment||4 Mar 1940|
|Unit/Formation||2/11th Australian Infantry Battalion|
|1st Departure from Australia|
|Journey Dates||20 Apr 1940 ‒ 19 May 1940|
|Transport Details||HMT Y3 Nevasa Fremantle to El Kantana, Egypt|
|Journey Dates||10 Apr 1941 ‒ 12 Apr 1941|
|Transport Details||SS Pennland Alexandria, Egypt to Piraeus, Greece|
|Post War Details|
|Fate||KIA Greece 19 Apr 1941|
|Monument(s)||Kelmscott War Memorial|
|Australian War Memorial||Australian War Memorial|
1939-45 Star |
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45
Private Mervyn Roy Parkin was born at Palmyra in 1910, the son of Arthur and Margaret Parkin of Palmyra and Roleystone, Western Australia. Altogether there were eight sons and two daughters in the family and all the brothers except one, who was in the police force, enlisted in either the army or the air force between November 1939 and January 1942.
Mervyn attended Roleystone school and enjoyed playing cricket and football. After leaving school, he worked in surrounding orchards and then went gold prospecting with his brother Keith at Menzies.
He enlisted at Subiaco in March 1940 and was posted to 2/11 Battalion, which was the first Western Australian battalion raised for overseas service in World War 2. After a very brief period of training, he embarked at Fremantle aboard HMT Y3 Nevasa on 15 Apr 1940, possibly on the same ship as his brother, and arrived at Katana on the Suez canal on 19 May 1940. After training in Palestine and Egypt, the battalion saw action at Nardia, Tobruk and Derna airfield.
On 10 Apr 1941, they boarded the SS Pennland in Alexandria for Greece to fight the German and Italian armies. Mervyn was killed in action in Greece on 19 April 1941. He was 31 years of age.
His plaque is placed alongside that of his younger brother Sergeant Douglas Parkin of 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion and a relative Private Lionel Savage of 44 Battalion on Lovekin drive.