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Lance Corporal





1919 Blackburn, Lancashire, England.

as John Reardon.

Service No.



Royal Navy as midshipman RNVR

757 Squadron at Worthy Down

804 Squadron Fleet Air Arm at Hatston

591 Antrim Parachute Squadron RE

Military Notes:
Service Record:

Feb 1939- Royal Navy as midshipman RNVR

May 1939- Navy Reserve Flying Training School

757 Squadron at Worthy Down

July 1940- 804 Squadron Fleet Air Arm at Hatston and flew in the Battle of Britain.

28 Nov 1941- Commission Sub Lt (FAA) Terminated

Ringway Parachute Training Course 81.

Family Notes:

Son  of Charles Patrick Reardon (1887-1966)
and Norah Grace Parker (1896-1981)
m.1917 Blackburn Lancs


In 1932 his mother changed her surname by deed poll to Reardon-Parker, a name she had been using for some time. The assumption is her son did likewise.  She is buried with her husband at Maeshyfrhd cemetery in Rhyl, North Wales.

NB: The CWGC website has her first name as Vera which is a mistrake.

Charles Reardon served in WW1 in the Royal Garrison Artillery before transferring to the Royal Flying Corps.

1939 Register: Nora is living with her elderly parents John (1868- 1950) and Deborah Duckworth (1867-1945), at Barnston, 58 Blackburn Road, Rishton Lancs. She is a Certified Teacher, and a Volunteer Air Raid Warden in 1939.

John attended Blackburn Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School


Civilian  Occupation:

7  Sep 1935  Wireless operator with the British Postal Service.


1944  Madeline Doris Copping (1918- 2010) Salisbury RD, Wiltshire.  His widow re-married in 1946 to Mr Jack Copping in Leicester. 


7  Jun 1944 aged 26



His  body was interred at Chateau de Grangues, then later reinterred in 1945 at  Ranville  War Cemetery plot 5A, row D grave No.2 after a war crimes investigation.


John  was commemorated on his maternal 'Parker' ancestral grave stone in St Bartholomew's Churchyard, Harwood, Lancashire. This grave yard has since been cleared of headstones and landscaped. A record of his family grave inscription can be found in the Accrington Reference Library.


Named  on the Grangues memorial stone at L'Eglise de Notre Dame et de Saint Roch, Grangues, Calvados

also named on

The Battle of Britain Memorial, at Capel-Le-Ferne, Kent.

(Click) for his B.O.B. memorial page.
[Update: See photo of his name on the memorial wall below.]


Chateau  de Grangues Inquiry Index (Click)    


He  died from wounds received in the crash of a  Stirling IV aircraft, from 620 Squadron RAF Fairford, aircraft registration no. EF295J. The aircraft was hit by flak and caught fire, after several managed to jump out, the aircraft crashed in the grounds of the Chateau de Grangues.  All survivors of the crash were taken POW, except one who evaded capture. Of the POWs, some were executed, others survived and were liberated in 1945, but Lance Corporal Reardon Parker was too seriously wounded to be moved to the German Military Hospital. He was believed to have been buried in the grounds of the Chateau, in a 3rd grave site, which has not been identified in the enquiry papers. His body was reinterred with his comrades at Ranville.





This incident involves John Reardon Parker as a 12 year old boy, and his mother Nora Grace.


17 Aug 1931 Newspaper Article
Mother Fined at South Molton for Letting Him Drive

South Molton County Magistrates on Tuesday imposed a fine of ?7 . 4/- costs on Nora Grace Reardon-Parker
of Blackburn, Rushton, Lancs, for permitting her 12 year old son to drive a motor car on the Southmolton-Taunton road on July 18th.

Defendant, in a letter stated that the boy was driving under her supervision, she being seated next to him within reach of the controls. Her son was able to drive the car, an Austin Seven, he having practised in their own private grounds. The road was very quiet at the point where he was driving when stopped by the police.
Sergeant Ventos, however, said that as the Bench were aware there was frequently heavy traffic on this road, and it was rather a serious offence.
Constable Hill said when he asked to see the boy's driving licence he found he had not got one. Defendant remarked "This is what comes of doing a kindness. The boy asked to be allowed to drive and I let him do so."

15 Feb 1939 Western Morning News
: Naval Appointments:-
J Reardon-Parker and J.M.L. Roberts entered as probationary midshipmen (A) 21 Feb 1939 and appointed to Argus for training.

23 May 1939 Newspaper Article : Naval Appointments: Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve
Probationary Midshipman J Reardon Parker to Pembroke for F.F.D at No.7 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School, Desford for course commencing May 30th.

July 1941, Reardon-Parker is on the ship's passenger list for the ill fated Avila Star, sailing from London to Trinidad. He is listed as a 22 year old Naval Officer. His home address is 87 Warwick Road. London SW5

[On 6 July 1942 Avila Star was struck and sunk by torpedoes from U-201.]

Photo of John Reardon-Parker's name on the Battle of Britain's,
Christopher Foxley-Norris Memorial Wall at Caple-le-Ferne, Kent.  

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