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Calverton Nottinghamshire
Wilfrid was born in 1895 in Calverton and was the son of Thomas a farmer and Mary Hannah (née Ball) Parker. Thomas was born in Oxton in 1857 and his wife Mary in 1860 in Calverton they had a total of 8 children however sadly 3 died in infancy , their children were Ada b1881 Bertie b1883, Nelly b1892, Wifrid E b1895 and Kathleen b1906. They lived at Rook Hill Farm, Calverton in the 1911 census the family are living at Calverton Thomas 54years a farmer is living with his wife Mary 51 years and their children Bertie, Nelly, Wilfrid E and Kathleen. Probate was proven with a will on 8th August 1917 at Nottingham , and shows him as Wilfrid Ernest Parker of Calverton , Nottinghamshire, a Second Lieutenant in His Majesty's Army , died on 9th May 1917, his effects of £105 10 shillings and 9 pence were left to his father Thomas Parker a farmer.
He was employed as a teacher.
09 May 1917
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Second Lieutenant
15th Bn Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Second Lieutenant Wilfrid Ernest Parker, 15th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment, was killed in action on 9th May 1917. He has no known grave and his name is commemorated on the Arras Memorial,
The following is an extract from the Magnus School, Newark diary of the Great War' :- Saturday 19 May 1917: Thomas Parker of Calverton has received an intimation that his 22-year-old son, Wilfred Ernest was killed in action on the night of 8-9 May 1917. Educated at the Magnus and St Mark’s College, London, he joined the Middlesex Regiment (Territorial Force) in November 1913, was discharged as a Corporal in November 1915 and was instantly commissioned in the 15th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Second Lieutenant Parker is remembered on the Arras Memorial. An article published on 9th June 1917 in the Nottingham Daily express :- “CALVERTON HEROES. “The war has taken toll of three Calverton soldiers within a few weeks. The first to fall was Lieutenant Wilfred Parker. Then Private Ephraim Meads, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Meads, was killed. He had won the Military Medal, and his major had recommended him for a bar to it. Now news has been received that Samuel Morley, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan [?] Morley, has been killed after two years and nine months with the Sherwood Foresters. A memorial service was held at the parish church for Lieutenant Parker and Private Meads. Morley was a member of the Primitive Methodist Church.” above article is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.
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