Sunday 29 January 2012

Lieutenant Raymond H. Parker

Born on 26 November 1883 in Norwich, Norfolk, England - husband of Harriett E. Parker, Brantford, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as woodworker; married; currently a member of the 38th Dufferin Rifles; previously served with the 1st Volunteer Battalion, 1st Norfolk Regiment (seven years); Church of England; chest of 38.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; brown eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 36th Battalion, CEF, in Hamilton, Ontario, on 19 April 1915 (number 406009) - commissioned as a lieutenant on 21 August 1916 - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, as a lieutenant on 21 September 1916 - killed in action on 18 November 1916 - buried in Bapaume Post Military Cemetery (grave I.I.6), France.

(Many thanks to Lieutenant-Colonel Bud Walsh for the image of Lieut Parker's headstone).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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