Private Albert Victor Parker
Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.
Albert Victor Parker was born on the 4th of June 1892 in Brockham, Surrey to lime burner Thomas Parker and Agnes Eva Parker nee England.
At the time of the 1901 Census, the widowed Thomas Parker lived at Brockham Lime Works, Brockham. The household further comprised of his children: railway point-turner Thomas, under gardener George and Albert Victor Parker.
Albert enlisted into the Royal Navy on the 5th July 1910 in Chatham, Kent for a duration of 12 years. He was a Stoker, 2nd Class and his service number was: K/7341.
At the time of his enlistment he was working as a labourer. He had a fresh complexion, light brown hair and grey eyes.
He served aboard several ships: HMS Pembroke II, HMS Diamond, HMS Actaeon, HMS Hawke and HMS Doris.
The first ship on which Albert served aboard was HMS Pembroke II: from the 5th of July 1910 to the 4th of November 1910.
At the time of the 1911 Census, Albert was an Able Seaman, 2nd Class on HMS Diamond, Falmouth Harbour, England.
On the 5th of July 1911 he became a Stoker, 1st Class.
The last ship Albert served on was HMS Diamond: from the 1st of August 1914.
Soon after the outbreak of the war he enlisted in the Army.
Albert Parker alias Albert Walker enlisted in Edinburgh into the 1st Battalion, the Highland Light Infantry. He was a Private with regimental number 24343.
His Battalion moved to Mesopotamia in December 1915.
Albert was shot in the head in action on the 9th of January 1917 in Mesopotamia.
“He was much liked by the rest of his section, and was a No. 1 on the gun. As a last tribute, he was laid to rest by his own gun team, and a small wooden cross with the necessary particulars, was made by them and erected over his grave.” Albert’s family received some Indian coins and photos that were found on his body. (The 1917 Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser)
He is commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Iraq. His panel reference numbers are: 35 and 64.
Albert received the British War and Victory medals.
Albert’s father Thomas Parker received £12, 11s and 1d on the 10th of October 1917 and a further £6 on the 28th of November 1919 in Soldier’s Effects.
Albert’s oldest brother Alfred Parker died of wounds on the 3rd of March 1917, in France. He was part of the 7th Battalion, the Buffs (East Kent) Regiment. Alfred died two months after his brother.
Albert’s father Thomas Parker lived in 1917 at 4 Pit Cottages in Brockham.
Parker Family History
Albert’s father Thomas Parker was born about 1851 in Betchworth, Surrey to William Parker, born probably in Horley, Surrey and Hannah Parker nee Croft, born about 1817 in Ockley, Surrey. Hannah Parker later re-married William Weller.
His mother Agnes Eva England was born in the 3rd quarter of 1857 in Grinstead, Wiltshire to agricultural labourer James England, born about 1804 in Grinstead, Wiltshire and Mary A. England, born about 1815 in Sutton, Wiltshire.
Thomas and Agnes married, by Banns, on the 10th of November 1877 at St Peter’s church, Norbiton, Surrey. The couple lived in Norbiton and Thomas was working as a labourer.
At the time of the 1881 Census, the family lived in Brockham, Surrey. Thomas was a labourer at lime works and Agnes was looking after their son Alfred. The household further comprised of a lodger.
At the time of the 1891 Census, the family lived at Tweed Lane, Brockham, Surrey. Thomas was still working at the limeworks and Agnes was looking after their children: Alfred, Fanny A., Thomas and George W.
Albert Victor Parker had four siblings: Alfred born about 1881; Fanny A. born about 1882; Thomas born about 1884 and George born about 1887, all in Brockham, Surrey.
Albert Victor’s mother Agnes Eva Parker died in the 3rd quarter of 1899 in the Registration District of Reigate, Surrey.
Born Brockham, Surrey
Lived Brockham, Surrey
Son of Thomas and the late Agnes Eva (nee England) Parker
Brother of Alfred Parker
Regiment 1st Battalion, Highland Light Infantry
Date of Death 9th January 1917
Place of Death Mesopotamia
Cause of Death Killed in Action
Memorial Basra Memorial, Iraq. Panel: 35 and 64.