F. Parker

Thought to be Fred.

Shown as being in the Middlesex Regiment on the Leigh War Memorial.

Leigh Cricket Pavilion has a photograph of a Leigh Football Team circa 1904. The attached list of names include an F. Parker and a T. Parker. A census of opinion placed F. Parker at about 30 ±5 years making him 27ish years in 1901. T. Parker was judged to be 22 ±5 years, which would make him age 19ish years in 1901.

A search of the 1901 census found Thomas Parker age 27 (born 1874), Cabman and Fred Parker age 17 (born 1884), Stable boy in Wood Green in the 1901 census. This would mean that the 1904 football team photograph has the brothers names reversed. Fred would be 30 and Thomas 20 years old when the picture was taken.

Class: RG 13; Piece: 1258; Folio: 165; Page: 54:HSN: 289. – Civil Parish – Wood Green, Middlesex: – 36 Nightingale Road

Thomas Parker Head 27 Cabman Beds Colesden
Minnie Parker Wife 23 Middlesex Wood Green
Florence M Parker Daughter 3 Middlesex Wood Green
Sidney F Parker Son 2 Middlesex Wood Green
Mabel D Parker Daughter 1 Middlesex Wood Green
Mary Ann Parker Sister 28 Domestic Servant Beds Colesden
Fred Parker Brother 17 Stable Boy Begwary Bedfordshire

James C Davis (who was also killed in the war) was born in Leigh, Kent . The 1891 census showed him at West Gate Lodge age 12. He is shown in the 1901 census age 22 as a Hosiery Warehouseman in Wood Green. I am assuming that the Hosiery Warehouse was part of the Morley organisation. It is probable that they all came to Leigh to play in the football team.

As there is a possibility that the names of the brothers had been confused. Both Thomas and Frederick Parker were extracted from the various WW1 casualty databases. This proved to be inconclusive as there were two Thomas Parker’s and three Frederick Parker’s in the Middlesex Regiment that were recorded as being killed in the war. See spreadsheet. There were thirty-one ‘Parker’ casualties in total in the Middlesex Regiment (CWGC).

Remembered on the Leigh War Memorial.

Last Updated 6 November 2007

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