Private Henry Charles Parker

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

Henry Charles Parker Birth Registation Transcription © Ancestry.co.uk
Henry Charles Parker Birth Registation Transcription © Ancestry.co.uk

Henry Charles Parker was born in the 1st quarter of 1892 in Shoreham, Sussex to agricultural labourer and carter on a farm George Parker and Matilda Elizabeth Parker nee Cox.

Henry Charles’s father George Parker was born about 1854 in Chaldon, Dorset to agricultural labourer Jacob Parker, born about 1816 in Sutton Poyntz, Dorset, and Ann Parker, born about 1822 in Chaldon, Dorset.

Henry Charles’s mother Matilda Elizabeth Cox was born about 1861 in Sutton, Dorset to carter and labourer George Cox and Harriet Cox. Matilda Elizabeth was baptised on the 8th of September 1861 in Preston & Sutton Poyntz, Dorset. At this time the family lived in Sutton Poyntz.

George Parker and Matilda Elizabeth Cox married on the 21st of April 1887 in Chaldon Herring, Dorset. At the time of the marriage, the both partners lived in Chaldon, Dorset and George was working as a carter.

Henry Charles Parker had five siblings: Frederick George Parker born about 1889 in Coombe Keynes, Dorset; Ellen Matilda Parker born about 1891 in Coombes, Sussex; William Arthur Parker born about 1894 in Shoreham, Sussex; Florence Annie Parker born about 1897 in Shoreham, Sussex and Alice May Parker born about 1900 in Shoreham, Sussex.

At the time of the 1891 Census, the family lived at Farm Cottages, Coombes, Sussex. George was working as a labourer and Matilda Elizabeth was looking after their children: Frederick George and Ellen Matilda.

Henry Charles Parker 1901 Census © Ancestry.co.uk
Henry Charles Parker 1901 Census © Ancestry.co.uk

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family lived at Byworth, Petworth in Sussex. George was working as a foreman on a farm and Matilda Elizabeth was looking after their children: Frederick George, Matilda Ellen, Henry Charles, William Arthur, Florence Annie and Alice May.

Henry Charles Parker 1911 Census © Ancestry.co.uk
Henry Charles Parker 1911 Census © Ancestry.co.uk

At the time of the 1911 Census, the family lived at Byworth, Petworth in Sussex. George was working as a foreman on a farm and Matilda Elizabeth was looking after their children: Frederick George a carter on the farm; farm labourers Henry Charles and William Arthur; and Florence Annie and Alice May. Matilda Elizabeth stated that she had given birth to six children. The accommodation had seven rooms.

Henry Charles Parker - Annie Hilde Etherington Marriage Certificate © Ancestry.co.uk
Henry Charles Parker – Annie Hilde Etherington Marriage Certificate © Ancestry.co.uk

Henry Charles married by Banns Annie Hilda Etherington on the 25th of May 1913 at St Martin’s church in Dorking, Surrey. At the time of the marriage, the couple lived at Riverside in Dorking and Charles Henry was working as a labourer.

Henry Charles’s wife Annie Hilda Etherington was born in the 2nd quarter of 1892 in Lurgashall, Sussex. She was baptised on the 10th of April 1892 in Lurgashall, Sussex. Annie Hilda’s mother Dinah Etherinton is the only stated parent on her baptism certificate. 

Dinah Etherington was born as Dianah Charlotte Etherington in the 1st quarter of 1868 in Lurgashall, Sussex. Dinah married Rowland Luff in the 3rd quarter of 1898 in the Registration District of Reigate, Surrey. Rowland Luff was born in Lurgashall, Sussex. Prior to her marriage, Dinah gave a birth apart from Annie Hilda also to Edward J. Etherington. Edward J. was born about 1887 in Lurgashall, Sussex.

At the time of the 1901 Census, Dinah Luff and her children: errand boy Edward J. Etherington, Annie Hilda Etherington, George Luff and Rowland Luff lived with Dina’s brother, labourer in lime pits, George Etherington at Riverside in Dorking, Surrey.

At the time of the 1911 Census, Dinah Luff, bricklayer Rowland Luff and their children George and Rowland lived with Dinah’s brother, stockman on a farm, George Luff at 8 Riverside, Dorking, Surrey. Dinah stated that she had given birth to four children. The accommodation had four rooms.

At the time of the 1911 Census, Annie Hilda Etherington/Luff was working as a servant to farmer John Henry Skinner of Strood Farm in Petworth. The house had ten rooms.

Henry Charles Parker and Annie Hilda Parker had two children: Lilian H. Parker born in the 3rd quarter of 1913 in the Registration District of Dorking, Surrey and Robert C. Parker born in the 1st quarter of 1916 in the Registration District of Brentfort, Middlesex. Robert C. Parker died shortly after his birth in the 1st quarter of 1916 in the Registration District of Brentfort, Middlesex.

Henry Charles Parker enlisted in Petworth, Sussex and became part of the 2nd/4th Battalion the Royal Sussex Regiment. His regimental number was 4432 and he was a private.

Later, he was transferred into the 12th Battalion, the Royal Sussex Regiment. He remained a private and his new registration number was G/16307.

Henry Charles Parker was killed in an action on the 9th of October 1916 in France.

He is buried at the Auchonvillers Military Cemetery in France. His grave reference number is: II.J.3. The headstone bears the inscription: “Peace Perfect Peace, With Loved Ones Far Away”.

Henry Charles’s wife Annie Hilda Parker received £2, 7s, 9d on the 14th of April 1917 and £3 on the 16th of September 1919 in Soldier’s Effects.

Henry Charles Parker Medal Rolls Index Card © Ancestry.co.uk
Henry Charles Parker Medal Rolls Index Card © Ancestry.co.uk
Henry Charles Parker British War Medal and Victory Medal Roll © Ancestry.co.uk
Henry Charles Parker British War Medal and Victory Medal Roll © Ancestry.co.uk

Henry Charles Parker was awarded the British War and Victory medals.

Henry Charles’s parents lived in Byworth near Petworth, Dorset and his wife at 2 Riverside, Pixham, Dorking, Surrey.

Born                            Shoreham, Sussex

Son of                         George and Matilda Parker of Byworth, near Petworth

Husband of                 Annie Hilda Parker of 2, Riverside, Pixham, Dorking

Regiment                     12th Battalion. Royal Sussex Regiment
Number                        16307

Date of Death              8th October 1916
Place of Death             France
Cause of Death            Killed in Action

Age                              24

Cemetery                    Auchonvillers Military Cemetery, France