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Private Frank Oliver Parker

37034 1st/4th Battalion Essex Regiment

Grave F.1529/31Son of Mr Harvey & Mrs Martha A Parker
Husband of Ada Parker

Aged 23 years

Died 3rd November 1917

Commemorated at the Gaza War Cemetery
Grave XXIX. C.13.
And in Rushden Cemetery
Grave F.1529/31

Born and resided at Rushden, enlisted at Kettering.
The Rushden Echo, 21st December, 1917, transcribed by Jim Hollis

Rushden Gymnast Killed - Private Frank O. Parker - Dies In Palestine

It is with very sincere regret that we have to report that Mr. & Mrs. Harry Parker, of 11 Queen Street, Rushden, have received unofficial news that their elder son, Pte. Frank Oliver Parker, of the Essex Regiment, has been killed in action in Palestine. The sad news is sent by Pte. Dickens, of Cromwell Road, Rushden, of the same regiment, a comrade of the deceased soldier, who mentions that he was given a decent burial. The late Pte. Parker, who was 24 years of age, joined the Colours on January 16th this year, up to which time he was in the employ of Messrs. Ebenezer Claridge and Sons, boot manufacturers, Rushden, where he was highly esteemed both by his principals and shopmates. He leaves a widow and one little girl to mourn their loss.

As a lad he passed through the Independent Wesleyan Sunday School, Rushden, and for two or three years he was pianist to the gymnasium class in connection with that institution, and the members presented him with a marble clock in appreciation of his services.

The Rushden Echo Friday 5 November 1920, transcribed by Nicky Bates

In Memoriam

PARKER - In loving memory of Frank, the dearly loved husband of Ada Parker, who was killed in action Nov. 3rd, 1917.

'To-day recalls sad memories.' From his loving wife and daughter.

PARKER - In loving memory of dearly loved son, Frank.

The evening stars shine o'er the grave
Of him we loved, but could not save,
And only those who have lost can tell
The passing of our dear son we loved so well.

From his loving father, mother, brother and sisters.

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