HARRY JAMES PARKER

 

Born: 23rd March 1877, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.

Died: 8th May 1916; age 39; Died from Disease.

Enlistment Location: Chatham, Kent; occupation: a Shoemaker’s Labourer. On the 23rd March 1895 signed up for 12 years. Height: 5ft 1 1/2ins, tawny dark complexion, blue eyes and dark brown hair. Height on the 20th July 1906 – 5ft 4 ins. Tattooed with his initials H.P. and a flag on left forearm.

 

Service:

Impregnable – Boy 2nd Class – 14th October 1892 – 21st October 1892

Ganges – Boy 2nd Class – 22nd October 1892

Gagnges – Boy 1st Class – 26th October 1893 – 19th March 1894

Boscawen – Boy 1st Class – Boy 1st Class – 20th March 1894 – 21st May 1894

Pembroke – Boy 1st Class – 22nd May 1894 – 4th October 1894

Repluse – Boy 1st Class – 5th October 1894

Repluse – Ordinary Seaman – 23rd March 1895 – 23rd October 1895

Pembroke I – Ordinary Seaman – 24th October 1895 – 13th January 1896

Theseus – Ordinary Seaman – 14th January 1896

Theseus – Able Seaman – 1st November 1896 – 25th April 1897

Victory I – Able Seaman – 26th April 1897 – 27th May 1897

Pembroke I – Able Seaman – 28th May 1897 – 19th October 1897

Wildfire – Able Seaman – 20th October 1897 – 28th May 1898

Vernon – Able Seaman – 29th May 1898 – 27th August 1898

Pembroke I – Able Seaman – 28th March 1898 – 27th March 1899

Warspite – Able Seaman – 28th March 1899 – 1st July 1902

Pembroke I – Able Seaman – 2nd July 1902 – 29th August 1902

Vernon – Able Seaman – 30th August 1902 – 25th April 1903

Pembroke – Able Seaman – 26th April 1903 – 16th February 1904

Pyramus – Able Seaman – 17th February 1904 – 15th November 1904

Queen – Able Seaman – 16th November 1904 – 7th May 1904

Pembroke I – Able Seaman – 8th May 1906 – 3rd August 1906

Vernon – Able Seaman – 4th August 1906 – 27th October 1906

Pembroke I – Able Seaman – 28th October 1906 – 15th January 1907

Pembroke II – Able Seaman – 16th January 1907 – 28th February 1907

Sapphire – Able Seaman – 1st March 1907 – 14th August 1907

Blake – Able Seaman – 15th August 1907 – 2nd June 1909

Tyne – Able Seaman – 3rd June 1909 – 25th August 1909

Pembroke – Able Seaman – 26th August 1909 – 2nd September 1909

Blenheim – Able Seaman – 3rd September 1909 – 29th October 1911

Pembroke I – Able Seaman – 30th October 1911 – 17th November 1911

Vernon – Able Seaman – 18th November 1911 – 9th February 1912

Pembroke I – 10th February 1912 – 23rd February 1912.

 

Rank: Able Seaman; Service Number: 169638 (Ch)

Regiment: Royal Navy. H.M.S. Pembroke.

 

Grave Reference:

Naval.24.1259.

Woodlands Cemetery,

Gillingham,

Kent.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Sarah, 18, Bond Street, Ipswich.

 

CENSUS

 

1881   3, Coopers Court, Ipswich.

 

Harry was 4 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Jeremiah Parker, 43, a General Labourer, born Bramfors, Suffolk.

Sarah Parkker, 34, a Stay Maker, born Tuddenham St. Martin, Suffolk.

Sarah Seager P. Parker, 13, a Stay Maker, born Colchester, Essex – died 1887, Ipswich.

Jeremiah Bacon Parker, 12, born Ipswich – died 1901, Ipswich.

William Parker, 10, born Ipswich.

Philip Parker, 8, born Ipswich.

Alice Louisa Parker, 7, born Ipswich.

Walter Parker, 3, born Ipswich.

Ernest Parker, 5 months, born Ipswich.

 

1891   11, Hamilton Street, Ipswich.

 

Harry was 15 years old, an Errand Boy. He was living with his parents & brothers.

Jeremiah, 53, a Labourer.

Sarah, a Stay Maker.

Philip, 18, a Porter.

Walter, 13, an Errand Boy.

Ernest, 11.

Arthur Parker, 8, born Ipswich.

 

1901   Pacific.

 

Harry was 24 years old, an Able Seaman for the Royal Navy. On board ‘Warspite’. a 2nd Class ship; Armoured Crusier 1st Class. Captain – C.R. Keppel C.B., D.S.O.

 

Harry’s father, Jeremiah Parker died 1913, Ipswich.

 

Harry is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Michael’s Church, Ipswich.

 

H.M.S. PEMBROKE was the Naval Barracks at Chatham, Kent right next to the Chatham Dockyard. Thousands of naval ratings would have passed through or served there over the years.

 

 

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