Image from 1916 Suffolk Chronicle and Mercury newspaper.
Born: 1890, Ipswich.
Died: 15th July 1916; age 26; KiA.
Employed: as a Foot Plate worker for Great Eastern Railway, Ipswich. James had joined the company on the 24th October 1918, aged 18, first as an engine cleaner at Ipswich. Then in May 1911, as an acting Fireman based at Ipswich, and for a while at Felixstowe, Suffolk – he returned to work at Ipswich in February 1912.
Enlistment: James was a Territorial and rejoined his old Battalion within a month of the outbreak of the war at Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914 – France.
James saw heavy fighting at Ypres, Neuve Chapelle & Loos.
Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 2228
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star + Military Medal.
Pier & Face 1C & 2A.
1891 3, Lower Orwell Street, Ipswich.
James was 9 months old and living with his parents & siblings.
William Parker, 59, a Quay Labourer, born Needham Market, Suffolk.
Elizabeth Watling Parker (nee Anderson), 35, born Ipswich.
Charles Parker, 17, an Errand Boy, born Ipswich.
Laura Parker, 15, a Boot Machinist, born Ipswich.
Thomas Parker, 13, an Errand Boy, born Ipswich.
Frederick Parker, 11, born Ipswich.
Mabel Louisa Parker, 8, born Ipswich.
Harriet Rebecca Parker, 6, born Ipswich.
Beatrice May Parker, 3, born Ipswich.
1901 Trafalgar Buildings, Shirehall Yard, Ipswich.
James was 11 years old and living with his widowed mother & siblings.
Elizabeth, 45, a Charwoman.
Charles, 27, a Blacksmith.
Laura, 25, a Boot Machinist.
Mabel, 19, a Stay Machinist.
Harriet, 15, a Box Maker.
Jessie Amelia Parker, 8, born Ipswich.
1911 2, Henslow Road, Ipswich.
James was 21 years old, a Railway Engine Cleaner – Great Eastern Railway Company. He was living with his mother, siblings & brother in law.
Elizabeth, 55, a Charwoman – Domestic.
Charles, 36, a Blacksmith – Shoeing Smith.
Jessie, 18, a Stationery Machine Hand – Cardboard Boxes.
Harriet Clarke, 25.
Ezekil Clarke, 28, His Majesty’s Navy Stoker – H.M.Navy.
James’s father, William Parker, died 1898, Ipswich.
On the 2nd December 1911, Ipswich, James married, Edith Alice Sherman, born 1892, Ipswich. They had 2 children:
William Parker, born 1912, Ipswich.
Violet May Parker, born 1914, Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Edith Parker – widow.
James is also remembered on the Great Eastern Railway war memorial, Liverpool Street Station, London.
Extra information courtesy of Keith Barker – Great Eastern Railway Society
Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion: