Fallen hero’s sign returned to family

The poignant street sign ANL-140919-140313001
The poignant street sign ANL-140919-140313001

A poignant street sign named after a brave young soldier from Cowbit who was killed in the Second World War has been returned to his family in Spalding.

The Parkin Avenue sign pays tribute to Rfmn Charles Rowland Parkin who died in action at Normandy during the D-Day campaign in July 1944 and includes a poem in his memory.

Charles Parkin ANL-140919-140521001

Charles Parkin ANL-140919-140521001

The street in Cowbit was named after him by the old Spalding Rural Council.

The name-plate states: “Charles Rowland Parkin of this village gave his life in the service of his country,” followed by a short piece of poetry:

“Ye who live on mid-English pastures green,

Remember us and think what might have been.”

On learning that the sign had been removed, the Parkin family contacted Coun Christine Lawton, South Holland District Council portfolio holder for housing, to see if it could be found. The sign was duly recovered and returned to Mr Parkin’s brother Les, who is now 84 and lives in Spalding.

Les, of Regent’s Street, said: “My brother was only 19 when he died but the sign ensures that his memory will live on forever.”

Mr Parkin added that he would place the sign on the side of an air raid shelter in his garden.