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Born: 1890, Shipley
Died: 4 October 1917, Passchendaele
Buried: Tyne Cot Cemetery
Address: 5 New Street, Windhill
Parents: Arthur Joseph & Mary Elizabeth
Siblings: 4 sisters and 4 brothers
Occupation: Iron moulder, J Parkinson & Co, Shipley
Organisations/clubs: Windhill Parish Church football & hockey; Windhill CC
Rank: Pte
Rolls of Honour: Christchurch, Windhill
Regiment: Australian Imperial Force
Harry Gilbert Parker
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Harry Parker was born in Shipley in 1890, the fifth of five children of carpenter and joiner Arthur Joseph Parker and his wife Mary Elizabeth. Sometime between the census in 1911 and the outbreak of war, Harry emigrated to Australia but like so many local men who had sought their fortune abroad, he returned to fight for the old country. On 2 November 1917 the Shipley Times & Express published this report: “Pte Harry G Parker, Australian Forces, second son of Mr Arthur Parker, builder and contractor, 5 New Street, Windhill is reported missing since October 4th. “Prior going to Australia seven years ago, he was employed at J Parkinson and Son, Shipley. “He was a versatile sportsman,
playing hockey and football for Windhill Parish Church and was a member of the Windhill Cricket A XI. “His sporting talents were recognised when he reached Brisbane and he became a player for one of the foremost athletic clubs. “The family would be glad of any information concerning him.” Sunday School record Three weeks later the paper reported that “Rev J Matthewman made sympathetic reference to the death of Pte Harry G Parker of the Australian Imperial Forces and son of Mr Arthur Parker of Windhill who was killed in action on 3rd October. “Prior to leaving Windhill for Australia nearly six years ago, Harry was a scholar at the Windhill Wesleyan Sunday School and had
the unique experience of attending the school for seven years without ever being absent or late “This was recognised at the time by a small memento, presented by the officers and teachers. “Much sympathy is felt with Mr Parker and the family in their sad loss.” How the news of Harry’s death had been conveyed is not known because it wasn’t until 31 May 1918 that the paper reported: “Pte Harry Gilbert Parker, Australian Forces, previously reported missing, is now officially reported killed in action on 4th October 1917. “Pte Parker was the second son of Mr Arthur J Parker, builder and contractor of New Street, Windhill. Prior to emigrating to Australia about seven years ago, he worked at Parkinson’s Canal Ironworks, Shipley. “He was well known in local
sporting circles, playing hockey and football for Windhill Parish Church. “Two younger sons of Mr Parker have been in the army since August 1914, having been in the Territorials before the war.”
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Although buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery in France, Harry is remembered on the family tombstone in Windhill Cemetery