Rolls of Honour: Eccleshill, Park & St Luke’s; Thiepval Memorial
Regiment: West Yorkshire
Tom Parker was born in 1895 in Bradford the the youngest child of Thomas and Hannah, nee Shulver. The couple were originally from Suffolk but married in Bradford in 1872.Thomas died in 1904 and by 1911 Hannah was living at 18 Green Place, Undercliffe with her daughter Ethel and son Tom. She was working as a school assistant. Tom at 16 years of age was working as a mechanic at a machine works.Tom enlisted in November 1915 as Private 16/1258 in the 16th Battalion of the West Yorkshire
Regiment (Prince of Wales Own). In December 1915 his regiment set sail for Alexandria in Egypt to defend the Suez Canal. In March 1916 they left Port Said aboard HMT Briton bound for Marseilles in France, a journey which took 5 days. They travelled by train to Pont Remy, a few miles south east of Abbeville and marched to Bertrancourt arriving on 29 March 1916 in readiness for the forthcoming battle of the Somme. At 7.30am on the 1st of July 1916 the 16th Battalion were the first in the line to go over the top of the
trenches and Tom was killed in action on this day. He was 21 years of age. He is remembered on the Thiepval memorial along with ten other men whose names are recorded on the St Luke’s Church memorial and who died on this day.Tom left his effects to his mother who received £2.15.8d on the 17th of November 1916 and a War Gratuity of £6.10.0d on the 23rd of September 1919.
. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks