George William Parker


George William Parker


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
2nd Bn.


1914 (Mons) Star (with Clasp & Roses), British War and Victory medals


Enclosure No.4 XI. C. 18.


>He has no Headstone Inscription.

UK Memorials

St Matthew’s Church Memorial, Oxhey, Oxhey War Memorial, Watford Borough Roll of Honour

Pre War

George William Parker was born on 4th May 1887, in Bushey, Herts, son of Henry Parker (B 1856) a Railway Labourer and Elizabeth Ann Parker (B 1858) (nee Thornton), one of seven children, two of whom died in childhood. He was Baptised on 3rd June 1887, at St Matthews Church, Oxhey, Herts.

1891 Census records George aged 3, living with his parents, three siblings, Thomas 9, Joseph 7, and Sarah 1, in Pinner Road, Bushey.

His father Henry, died in 1893, in Bushey age of 37. His mother re-married in 1896 to Richard Henry Harrison, a housepainter, who brought up her children at 32 Pinner Road, Bushey.

In 1901, George has just left school and was employed as a milk carrier, living with his mother, stepfather, brother Joseph 16, and sister Sarah 11, at 32 Pinner Road, Bushey.

1911 Census records George now 23, a Lance Corporal in the 2nd Battalion, Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry, stationed at Shorncliffe Camp in Kent.

George was employed at one time by The London and North Western Railway Company.

Wartime Service

When war broke out, it is assumed George was still in the Army as his service number 7983, was issued in about 1905, and he held the Rank of Sergeant. His Medal Card states he landed in France on 14th August 1914. Ten days after the declaration of war.

The Battalion was stationed at Aldershot in August 1914, as part of the 5th Brigade, 2nd Division. The Battalion was mobilised for war embarking at Southampton on 13th August 1914 and landed at Boulogne, France, the next day.

George was Killed in Action on 22nd October 1914, at Poelcappelle, aged 28. He was initially buried by the Germans in one of there Cemeteries.

Some documents give the date of death as 22nd November 1914.

He is commemorated on at St Matthew’s Church, memorial, Oxhey, Herts. 

Additional Information

The CWGC has his parents death the wrong way round. His father died in 1893 and his mother remarried. The value of his effects were £19-7s-10d. Information’ provided with kind permission of Bushey First World War Commemoration Project – Please visit


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