Born: 1881, Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Died: 10th July 1918; age 37; at Mesopotamia.

Date of Entry Therein: 20th July 1915 – France.


Rank: Sapper; Service Number: 58643

Regiment: Royal Engineers, 72nd Field Coy.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Grave Reference:


Baghdad ( North Gate) War Cemetery,






1891   33, Zippor Cottage, Pearce Road, Ipswich.


Ernest was 9 years old and living with his parents & brothers.

Robert Thomas Parker, 34, a Cabinet Maker – employer, born Hockham-cum-Wilton, Norfolk.

Dinah Elizabeth Parker (nee Pitts), 35, born Walpole, Norfolk.

Robert Thomas Parker, 8, born Woodbridge.

Frank Parker, 7, born Woodbridge.

Percy Parker, 6, born Ipswich.

Herbert James Parker, 4, born Ipswich.

Gerald Pitts Parker, 2 months, born Ipswich.

1 mother’s help.


1901   27, Pearce Road, Ipswich.


Ernest was 19 years old, a Tailor’s Apprentice. He was living with his widowed father & siblings.

Robert, 44, a Cabinet Maker.

Robert, 18, an Iron Moulder’s Apprentice.

Frank, 16, a Hairdresser’s Apprentice.

Percy, 15, a Plumber’s Apprentice.

Herbert, 14.

Gerald, 10.

Laura Eleanor Parker, 8, born Ipswich.

1 housekeeper.


1911   49, Bowness Street, Manchester, Lancashire.

Ernest was 29 years old, a Railway Clerk. He was married and Head of the Household.

Rose, 30.

Doris, 8.

Olive, 5.

Evelyn, 4.

Irene, 3.


Ernest’s mother, Dinah Elizabeth Parker died in December 1900, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.


In 1902, Ipswich, Ernest married, Rose Lily Palmer,  born New Year’s Day, 1878, Ipswich – daughter of James Palmer, a shoe and boot maker and repairer, and Comfort Palmer (nee Wood), of 35, Fitzroy Street, Ipswich.

Rose and Ernest had four daughters:

Doris Lilian Parker, born June 1903, Ipswich.

Olive Comfort Parker, born December 1905, Ipswich.

Evelyn Ethel Parker, born February 1907, Ipswich.

Florence Irene Parker, born June 1908, Higher Openshaw, Lancashire.


On the 15th July 1908, Evelyn & Florence were baptised at St. Clement, Higher Openshaw, Lancashire. Ernest recorded his occupation as a Railway Clerk. The family were living at 85, Kenyon Street, Abbey Hey.


Soldiers’ Effects to Rose Lily Parker – widow.

Royal Engineers, 72nd Field Coy



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