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Robert Henry Parker

Information about birth

Year of birth:
1887
Place of birth:
Bicester, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom

General information

Last known residence:
Union Street, Cowley, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Profession:
Professional Soldier

Army information

Country:
England, United Kingdom
Force:
British Expeditionary Force
Rank:
Private
Service number:
7875
Enlistment place:
Reading, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom
Units:
 —  Princess Charlotte of Wales’s (Royal Berkshire Regiment), 1st Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
30/10/1914
Place of death:
Molenaarelsthoek, Zonnebeke, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Age:
27

Memorial

Distinctions and medals 3

Points of interest 4

#1 Place of birth
#2 Last known residence
#3 Enlistment place
#4 ‘Place of death’

My story

Robert Henry Parker was born in 1887 at Bicester in Oxfordshire. In 1901 Robert works as an errand boy, living in Cowley Oxfordshire with his parents and five siblings. Ten years later Robert was in the Army, and was stationed in India with the 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment.

When the War broke out, Robert was serving with the 1st Battalion, which was garrisoned at Aldershot, Hampshire. The battalion was under command of the 6th Brigade, 2nd Division. On 13 August 1914, Robert landed with the 1st Berkshires at Rouen, France. The 2nd Division took part in the Battle of Gheluvelt, from 29 to 31 October 1914. They held the line east of Zonnebeke, between Broodseine and the Polygon Wood. On the morning of the 30th, about 6 o’clock, the Germans artillery started shelling the positions of the 6th Infantry Brigade. Half an hour later they launched a strong attack.

The 1st Berkshires were in the reserve dug-outs at Molenaarelsthoek, a hamlet shielded from the frontline by the Broodseinde Ridge. They were shelled all day, suffering eleven casualties. Private Robert Henry Parker, 27-years-old, was killed on 30 October 1914. He has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial.

Sources 5

British Army World War I Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), WO 372).
https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
Sources used
Census Returns of England and Wales, 1901 (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), RG13).
https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
Sources used
Census Returns of England and Wales, 1911 (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), RG14).
https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
Sources used
Royal Berkshire Regiment (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), British Army war diaries 1914-1922, WO 95/1361/1).
https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
Sources used
Wyrall, Everard. The History of the second Division, Vol.I 1914-1916 (Uckfield: The Naval & Military Press Ltd), 132-133
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