George Parker

George Parker

Personal Details

Born in Nantwich, Cheshire on 5th October 1884, the eldest son of George and Charlotte Parker of Tynron, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.

Husband of Violet Parker (nee Cairns) (married 10th June 1914) of Moss Side, Carronbridge, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.

Prior to enlisting, George was head gardener at Dalmonach House.

The Kelly’s directory of 1914 shows George living with ‘Mrs Parker’ (this could be his wife or mother) in Church Street, Malpas, creating the link to Malpas.

Military Details

Regiment : 1st Battalion King’s Own Scottish Borderers
Rank : Private
Service Number : 25387

Died of wounds; Belgium 11 April 1918 Aged 33

Medals and Awards
George was awarded the Campaign Medals (British War Medal and Allied Victory Medal).

Campaign Medals

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The British War Medal (also known as 'Squeak') was a silver or bronze medal awarded to officers and men of the British and Imperial Forces who either entered a theatre of war or entered service overseas between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918 inclusive. This was later extended to services in Russia, Siberia and some other areas in 1919 and 1920. Approximately 6.5 million British War Medals were issued. Approximately 6.4 million of these were the silver versions of this medal. Around 110,000 of a bronze version were issued mainly to Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps. The front (obv or obverse) of the medal depicts the head of George V. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

The Allied Victory Medal (also known as 'Wilfred') was issued by each of the allies. It was decided that each of the allies should each issue their own bronze victory medal with a similar design, similar equivalent wording and identical ribbon. The British medal was designed by W. McMillan. The front depicts a winged classical figure representing victory. Approximately 5.7 million victory medals were issued. Interestingly, eligibility for this medal was more restrictive and not everyone who received the British War Medal ('Squeak') also received the Victory Medal ('Wilfred'). However, in general, all recipients of 'Wilfred' also received 'Squeak' and all recipients of The 1914 Star or The 1914/1915 Star (also known as 'Pip') also received both 'Squeak' and 'Wilfred'. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

Further Information

Dumfriesshire and Galloway Standard 18 May 1918

Report in the Dumfriesshire and Galloway Standard 18 May 1918 regarding the death of George Parker

“Mrs Parker, Moss-side, Thornhill, has received official intimation that her husband, Private G. Parker, K.O.S.B., has been missing since 11th April; and a letter from his officer states no news has been heard of him since. He was wounded at Cambrai in November last, and was home lately on leave. Previous to enlisting he was head gardener at Dalmonach House, and some time before at Drumlanrig Gardens.”

Dumfriesshire and Galloway Standard 18 May 1918

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