William Parker

Royal Engineers

Personal Details

Born: In 1885 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised on 15 January 1886 in St. Alkmund’s Parish Church, Whitchurch.

Family: He was the son of Mary Parker. He married Ann Ball on 26 February 1916 at the Parish Church of Balby with Hexthorpe, Yorkshire. They had a daughter, Doris, who sadly died at six days of age. William had 2 step children – Frank Ball and Wilfred Lawson.

Residence: Mary was living in Whitchurch when William was baptised. In 1911 William was boarding at 60 Sandwich Street, Walkden, Lancashire. When he enlisted in 1915 he was living at 1 Regent Street, Balby, Doncaster, Yorkshire. The address shown on Doris’s death certificate was 88 Victoria Street, Hemsworth, Yorkshire. When he was discharged in 1919 he was living at 10 Moss Lane, Linnyshaw, Walkden.

Employment: In 1911 he was a general carter; in 1915 he was a platelayer.

Died: Not known

Military Details

Regiment: Royal Engineers

Rank: Sapper

Service Number: 145756

Date of Enlistment: 10 December 1915

Date of Discharge: 20 February 1919

Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation

Medals and Awards

William was awarded the Campaign Medals (British War Medal and 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.


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