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The research for this week’s blog posts has been completed by another work experience student, Alistair Winning, of Wolverhampton Grammar School.


parkerA postman at Bilston Post Office, Charles Parker served with the 2nd Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry (service number 7481). Before the First World War, he had served in India and the South African War, for which he received the Queen’s medal and clasp. He was killed in action on 9 August 1915, leaving behind a widow  and two children, living at 80 Wolverhampton Street, Bilston. This was reported in the Express & Star on 1 September 1915.

Without his age or many further details, it is quite difficult to track down additional information about this man. The Army Register of Soldiers’ Effects gives his next of kin as his widow, Florence. This gives two possible marriages for him, to a Florence Laura Curtis in 1909 or a Florence Southwick in 1910 (assuming his marriage was registered in Wolverhampton). It is more likely to be the latter, as two Parker children whose mother’s maiden name was Southwick, were born in 1911 and 1914, Florence and Rose. However, as the mother’s maiden name was only included from September 1911, this is inconclusive. I also found a possible 1911 census entry for a Charlie and Florence Parker, who had been married for two years, living at No 3 Court, Middle Vauxhall, Wolverhampton. However, Charlie is listed as a railway porter, so this may not be the same man.

Charles is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) memorial, as well as on the Wolverhampton Postal Workers memorial.