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James Edward Parker


James Edward Parker was born in the autumn of 1894 in Ancoats. He was second child of six born to Edward and Ada Parker. Edward and Ada had married in Manchester in the autumn of 1891.

Early Life

In 1901, Edward, who was then employed as an Iron Moulder, was living with Ada and their then four children at 20 Padgate Street, in Manchester. The eldest child was Mary (born in 1893); then James Edward (born in 1894); then William (born in 1897); Joseph (born in 1900) and Albert (born in 1902). There was one more child born to the couple, who sadly died as an infant.

Ada died in 1909 and by 1911, Edward and his four sons were living at 117 Hillkirk Street, in Ardwick. Edward was still working as an Iron Moulder. James and William were employed by the Railway, James as a Goods Checker and William as a Cart Boy. Joseph and Albert were still at school.

Chester College

James attended Chester College and left in 1915. He then taught at St. Chad’s School in Manchester. There is a marriage for James and Honor Bailey registered in Prestwich, in June 1916.

Military Service

James was living in Failsworth, Manchester, when he enlisted in the Manchester Regiment and he served as Private 33204 in the 23rd Battalion. The 23rd (Service) Battalion (8th City), Manchester Regiment was formed on November 21, 1914. It was originally a Bantam Battalion (for men who were under the regular minimum height requirement of 5’3”). It ceased to be a Bantam Battalion early in 1917. The Battalion did their initial training in Morecambe and moved to Salisbury Plain in August 1915. They landed at Boulogne in January 1916.

Lest We Forget

James was killed in action on October 22, 1917 during an attack in the Third Battle of Ypres.

Post Mortem

The Register of Soldiers’ Effects confirms James’ date of death as October 22, 1917. The credit balance of his pay and his War Gratuity were paid to his widow, Honor Gorman. James is remembered at Tyne Cot Memorial. He was awarded the British War and Victory Medals for his service to King and Country.