Born in Weston in 1886, the son of George (Shaw) Parker and Mary Parker. In the 1881 census, his father is recorded as George Shaw Parker and the family appear in subsequent censuses as Parker, yet the births of all the children were registered as Shaw! 1901 living at South Mimms, Barnet with his family and working as a gardener. In 1906 he was a gardener working for Mr Morgan at the Osborn Nurseries and living at 14 Frampton Road, Little Heath with his parents, George and Mary Parker and siblings. Later he attested on 21 February 1906 at Barnet joining the Militia with the 4th Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment. Joined the Northamptonshire Regiment on 1 September 1906. 1911 Census: serving with the Northamptonshire Regiment, 2nd Bn., in Malta at Floriana Barracks (birthplace given as Barnet.