SAGS (1) 1878 (LIEUT: H. PARKIN GRIQUALAND WEST L.I.)
BSACM reverse Rhodesia 1896 (0) (LIEUT H PARKIN TROOP G BFF)
QSA (2) Transvaal SA01 (1748 SERJT. H. PARKIN IMP. LT HORSE)
Herbert Parkin was born on 28 November 1849 at Port Elizebeth, Eastern Cape and served as Lieutenant in the Griqualand West Light Infantry during the 1878 campaign against the Griquas. 110 Medals issued to the Griqualand West Light Infantry, of which 85 medals were returned unissued, making Lieutenant Parkin’s one of just 25 medals issued. Parkin later joined the Lieutenant in the Matabeleland Mounted Police; serving with ‘G’ Troop, Bulawayo field Force under Captain H S Gradwell during the campaign in Matabeleland (BSAC medal). Having attained the rank of Sub- Inspector, he resigned from the Police in October 1896 and became an in keeper. However during the Boer War he again saw active service as a Sergeant in ‘D’ troop, Imperial Light Horse. A biography notes he was a Sergeant/Scout with this unit and that he was killed near Klerksdorp on 22 August 1901. However the Boer War casualty roll notes he died of disease at Matjespruit on this date and was interred at Klerksdorp.