Appeal for info on Belper man who died in WW2

The grave of Charles Edwin Parkin, a Belper man who died in the Second World War in 1943.
The grave of Charles Edwin Parkin, a Belper man who died in the Second World War in 1943.

An amateur historian from the Netherlands is looking for help in tracing the past of a Belper man who died during the Second World War.

Charles Edwin Parkin’s body washed ashore in July 1943 in the small Dutch town of Castricum.

Now, John Heideman is attempting to discover more information about Charles and the other men who lost their lives when their Halifax bomber from 51 Squadron crashed into the North Sea.

John is penning the latest instalments of his book, which focuses on the men who gave their lives during the conflict.

John said: “On our local cemetery are 36 Commonwealth war graves of men who died during World War Two.

“All of them washed on the shore of Castricum.

“There are 19 known graves and 17 unknown graves.

“The plane was lost without a trace.

“They crashed into the North Sea. The cause of the crash is still a mystery.

“One of the known graves is from Charles Edwin Parkin.

“He was born in 1915 in Belper, son of James and Annie Parkin.

“He was married to Joyce Emily Mary Parkin.”

John says he would like to hear from anyone who knows any extra information about Charles, who was aged just 28 when he died.

John added: “What I am looking for is any kind of information about Charles Edwin Parkin.

“Are there still relatives of Parkin living in Belper? Is there a photograph of him so that his story will come alive?

“All those men died for our freedom and must not be forgotten.”

Anyone with information can contact editor@belpernews.co.uk or call 01246 504614.