Thomas Heazle Parke
 

 

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Thomas Heazle Parke 1859-1893

Born in Drumsna, County Leitrim. A surgeon in charge of the cholera camp at the battle of Tel -el -Kebir. He took part in the Nile campaign and accompanied the column which relieved Khartoum. He accompanied Stanley on his relief expedition to the Congo and twice saved his life. There is a statue to him in front of the National History Museum in Dublin and a bust in the Royal College of Surgeons.  Parke’s body was brought home to Drumsna and lies in the family’s burial enclosure near the village, close to the Dublin Sligo road. The graveyard is supposed to be the smallest one in Ireland.