Richard John Parker

Richard John Parker was born in Bury, Lancashire on 2 June 1897.

He was the son of John and Amelia Louisa Parker, of Ainsworth Hall, Ainsworth.

His father, John Parker, was a bookseller and stationer.

Richard’s primary education was at Clark Street School, Bury He attended Bolton Church Institute in Forms IIIB to IV from 13 January 1910 to 26 July 1912.

He later became an Assistant Librarian in Bolton .

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Richard's War

Richard’s Army Service Record is one of the minority which survive in detail. He attested on 10 December 1915 at Bolton and his height was recorded as 5’ 4¾”.

He remained in the Army Reserve until 8 August 1916. Following a medical examination at Preston he enlisted on 9 August 1916 as Private 9709 in the 5th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, which recruited many men from Bolton.

After a period of training in England he embarked at Folkestone 12 December 1916 and joined his regiment at Etaples the following day, being posted as Private 5635 to A Company in the 1st/4th Battalion on 17 December.

In early 1917 he underwent six weeks training at VIII Corps School. Re-numbered again in April (202606) he was appointed unpaid Lance-Corporal on 2 June and promoted Corporal on 7 July.

Richard was killed in action 20 September 1917, during the Battle of the Menin Road Ridge. The regiment’s casualties in this action were 127 officers and 2603 men, incurred in the heavy but successful fight for Gallipoli, Schuler Farm and the Hanebeek.

The Third Battle of Ypres an offensive was mounted by Commonwealth forces to divert German attention from a weakened French front further south. The initial attempt in June to dislodge the Germans from the Messines Ridge was a complete success, but the main assault north-eastward, which began at the end of July, quickly became a dogged struggle against determined opposition and the rapidly deteriorating weather. The campaign finally came to a close in November with the capture of Passchendaele.

 

Bolton Journal and Guardian
19 October 1917

Cpl. Richard J. Parker was killed in action on September 21st [sic] by the bursting of a German shell. Upon attaining military age he joined the L.N.L. Regiment and was soon transferred to France. His parents reside at Burlington-rd., Blackpool, but formerly lived in Bolton. In civil life he was an assistant in the Bolton Libraries. He was an old boy of the Bolton Church Institute and at the time of his death was 20 years of age.

 

 

Richard John Parker

Richard John Parker

Corporal: 202606

1st/4th Battalion
The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Born: Bury, Lancashire 2 June 1897

Died: 20 September 1917

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