Wednesday 17 October 2012

Private Leonard J. Parker

Born on 17 June 1889 in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England - son of Mrs. Ellen Parker, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as labourer; single; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 5.25 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; hazel eyes; light brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 26 February 1915 (number 410375) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - killed in action on 1 November 1916 - buried in Adanac Military Cemetery (buried near VI.G.35), France.

(Updated with an image of Pte Parker's headstone that I took in Adanac Cemetery in August 2012).

(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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