Lance was the son of Tom and Minnie Parkinson, he had an older brother Harold, a younger sister Sarah Jane and a younger brother Harry. In 1911 the family lived at 13a Nelson Street, Queensbury. At that time Tom was a quarry man, his wife a housekeeper, eldest son Harold was out of work. Lance, aged 16, was a spinner along with his sister and the youngest son Harry, was at school. The CWGC give the family address as 3, Northern St., Queensbury.
He first saw service in Egypt arriving in theatre on 22nd December 1915, his service number shows that he originally served in the 16th Battalion. West Yorkshire (Prince of Wales’s Own) Regiment, (1st Bradford Pals) and he may have been with the battalion on the Somme in 1916. He later was transferred into the 1st/6th Battalion. West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) and was killed in action on 7th October 1917.
On the 5th October, the battalion marched through Ypres and took up positions in shell holes at Spree Farm. For the 6th October, the war diary records the one line; remained in shell holes endeavoring to make ourselves comfortable. Still in shell holes on 7th October conditions became worse due to heavy rain. From 13:30hrs until 17:00hrs the Battalion headquarters were heavily shelled with direct hits on several of the adjoining dugouts. Four men were killed and one died of his wounds, another three were wounded.
Lance is named in the war diary as one of the killed, he has no known grave and is commemorated on the TYNE COT MEMORIAL(Panel 42 to 47 and 162), he was aged 23 when he died.