Registered at birth as JOHN EDWARD PARKER.
Born: 9th September 1911, Whitton, Suffolk.
Died: 19th June 1944; age: 32.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 6008890.
Regiment: Royal Norfolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Formerly Essex Regiment.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Charles & Florence Parker, of 32, Wellington Road, Ipswich; husband of Dorothy Parker, of Ipswich.
Father: Charles Frederick Parker, born July 1882, Whitton, Suffolk. A Brickmaker.
Mother: Florence Julia Parker (nee Peters), born July 1884, Coddenham, Suffolk. A Wardrobe Dealer.
In 1941, Ipswich, Jack married Dorothy Mayes.
The battalion landed on Red Queen Beach, the left flank of Sword Beach, at 07:25 on 6 June 1944, D-Day
1st Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, would pass through the village of Hermanville and concentrate south of Colleville-Montgeomery. Because the capture of HILLMAN by the 1st battalion, The Suffolk Regiment caused serious delay to the plan of action, the 1st Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment was forced to make a wide detour around this German stronghold. A and B company, who lead this flanking maneuver, was fired upon by German machine guns from this position and sustained casualties. Eventually, with the remainder of the battalion who took a even wider detour around the left flank, they together attacked another German strongpoint, on the map known as ROVER. This stronghold was dominated by a single building and soon this soon became known as ‘Norfolk House’. The Battalion Headquarters would stay for the rest of D-Day in this vicinity south of Hillman.
The 1st Battalion continued in the forefront of the drive through Belgium, Holland and was finally part of the occupying force.