Edwin Parker

Name

Edwin Parker

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

20/10/1917
30

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
203269
Bedfordshire Regiment
7th Bn.

Awards

Not Yet Researched

Cemetery/Memorial

DOZINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY
XI. G. 16.
Belgium

UK Memorials

St Thomas' Mission Hall, Green Tye
St Thomas' Church Memorial, Perry Green
Much Hadham Village Memorial
St Andrew’s Church Memorial, Much Hadham
Stone Bench Plaque, Much Hadham
Congregational Church Memorial, Hadham Cross

Pre War

Born on 16 Jan 1887 and christened on 13 Mar 1887 in Much Hadham son of William (from Green Tye)and Maria Parker of Green Tye, Much Hadham, Hertfordshire. He married Ada Bayford in 1911 in Bishop’s Stortford and had a son, daughter and a step-son. He was a farm labourer. Ada died in 1919. Enlisted at Hertford.

Wartime Service

According to the Much Hadham War Memorial, Edwin was in the 5th Bedfordshire Regiment, however he was actually with the 7th Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds probably in hospital at Westvleteren. 7th Bedfordshire War Diary Extract: 19th October 1917 -Severe shelling by gas. Mud was very bad and duck-boards few. The men suffered considerably from cold and wet. The line held consisted of shell holes filled with water. 20th - Battalion relieved by Queens and moved back to Irish farm. It seems Edwin was injured previous to the 20th possibly during the gas attacks on October 19th.

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox, “Lest We Forget – Much Hadham 1914-18” by Richard Maddams (Much Hadham Forge Museum), Jonty Wild