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  • Photograph was published on 7th November 1918 in the Hucknall Dispatch and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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Purston-cum-South, Featherstone
George Stanley Parker was born in 1890 and was the son of George a colliery deputy and Lucy Gertrude Parker née Boshell of 12 Occupation Road Hazel Grove Hucknall Torkard. His father George Parker was born in 1859 at Claycross, Derbyshire his mother Gertrude Lucy Boshell was born in 1865 at Wakefield, they were married on 21st August 1889 at Purston-cum-South, Featherstone, they went on to have 4 children, sadly one died in infancy their surviving 3 children were all born in Purston-cum-South, Featherstone, were George Stanley b1890, John Clifford b1893 and Winifred Catherine b1895. In the 1911 census the family are living at 3 Lumb Hall cottages, Purston, and are shown as Lucy Gertrude 46 yrs a widow, she is living with her children, George Stanley 21 yrs a electric engineman switch man, John Clifford 18 yrs a colliery clerk and Winifred Catherine 16yrs His probate was proven on 13th December 1918 at Nottingham and shows him as George Stanley Parker 12 Occupation Road, Hazel Grove, Hucknall, Nottingham, Sgt Major in HM Army died 13th April 1918 in France, his effects of £162 8 shillings and 3 pence were left to Lucy Gertrude Parker - widow (his mother)
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Company Sergeant Major
  • DCM DCM Distinguished Conduct Medal
King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Company Sergeant Major George Stanley Parker enlisted at Featherstone and served with the 12th Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. He was killed in action on 13th April 1918 having no known grave his name is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial
His brother Private John Clifford Parker enlisted at Leeds whilst residing at Pontefract, he served with the Royal Army Medical Corps , he was attached to the 2/1st Field Coy Royal Engineers. He was killed in action on 9th July 1916, having no known grave his name is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial In an article published in the ‘Hucknall Dispatch,’ 7th November 1918 :- On 4th November 1918 the Distinguished Conduct Medal won by C.S.M. (George) Stanley Parker, 12th Battalion King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry was presented to his widowed mother in Nottingham. “D.C.M. PRESENTATION. “Of the five medals presented by the Mayor of Nottingham at the Exchange Hall on Monday [4th November 1918], four received them in person, and the fifth was the D.C.M. [Distinguished Conduct Medal] awarded to the late Company-Sergeant Major Stanley Parker, and presented to his widowed mother, of Hucknall. “This award was given “for great bravery and devotion in rallying his men when the camp was severely bombed at night. He was a very capable warrant officer, and could in an emergency take an officer’s place. He was the mainstay of the company the whole time they were in the field.” “The Mayor and Mayoress shook hands with Mrs. Parker and Miss Jefferson, the deceased soldier’s fiancée, and, whilst congratulating them, offered deep sympathy to them on the loss of a brave and gallant soldier.” His official citation published in the 'London Gazette,' 18th October 1918, reads: “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This W.O. is a most competent instructor and one who can be trusted to take the place of an officer in an emergency. When his company's camp was severely bombed at night he went about steadying and rallying the men. He has been the mainstay of his company the whole time it has been in the field, setting all a fine example of cheerfulness and loyalty.” Above details are courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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  • Photograph was published on 7th November 1918 in the Hucknall Dispatch and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
    George Stanley Parker - Photograph was published on 7th November 1918 in the Hucknall Dispatch and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918