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Name Ernest Ralph Parker
Date/Place of Birth 19 Apr 1898 / 46 Wingate Rd, Hammersmith, Middx
Parents' Names John Wesley Parker; Minnie Sophia (nee Nichols)
Father's Occupation/Location Clerk, Board of Trade; Hammersmith
Father's Death/Incapacity Brain Tumour
Admitted to AO 14 Feb 1911 (Aged 12)
Admission No 6207
Left OWS&AO 19 Dec 1912 (Aged 14)
Occupation/Residence Clapham, Surrey
Enlistment Location Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey
Service/Rank/Number Army; L/Cpl; 41673
Battalion/Regiment 1st Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment
Killed/Death 25 Oct 1917 (Aged 19)
Country/Memorial/Cemetry Belgium; Perth Cemetery (China Wall)
Memorial Reference II.K.41
Campaign Medals Victory Medal; British War Medal
Ernest Ralph (known at School as Ralph) was born on 18 April 1898 to John and Minnie Parker of Hammersmith, Middlesex. His father died in 1910 and Ralph was admitted to the Orphan Working School and Alexandra Orphanage in February 1911, aged 12. He left School on 19 December 1912, following his fourteenth birthday. He was enlisted, at Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey, into 1st Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment. Lance-Corporal Parker fought on the Western Front and was killed in action on 25 October 1917, aged 19. He is buried or otherwise commemorated at Perth Cemetery (China Wall), near Ieper (formerly Ypres) in Belgium. At the Time of Lance-Corporal Parkerís death his mother was living at 24 Sibella Road, Clapham, Surrey.
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