Lance-Corporal George Bowles Parker 47297 Ox & Bucks LI

1900 Apr/Jun Born High Wycombe

1901 living at 24, Park Street, High Wycombe

1911 census at 24 Park St High Wycombe

He had had eighteen months service, having served with the 43rd in North Russia.

1920 Jul 30. Died age 20 in the Lucas Ambush. Son of Owen and Daisy Parker, of 24, Park St., High Wycombe. He was the motorcycle outrider to the lorry carying the mails and Gen Lucas. He was shot in the neck and died immediately

The regimental Chronicle recorded that: ‘Lance-Corporal Parker was the son of Mr and Mrs Parker of 24 Park Street, High Wycombe; he was only 20 years old at the time of his death, and had 18 months service, having served with the 52nd in Germany. Private Bayliss, who was the son of Mrs Bayliss of 7 George Street, St Clements, Oxford, had enlisted in the 43rd Band as a boy at the end of 1916, and was just 18 when he was killed’. Lance Corporal Parker was buried in Priory Road, High Wycombe Cemetery, while Private Bayliss was interred in Rose Hill Cemetery, Oxford.

Missing Letter from General Lucas to George’s Mother Daisy as reported in the Bucks Free Press – Lily Tomlinson reporter – Lucas said: We were going around a bend in the road and to our surprise we saw a barricade consisting of carts and a ladder across the road. The driver of the car immediately stopped and your son jumped out. The Sinn Fein’ers immediately opened fire on us and your son was hit. Colleagues tried unsuccessfully to revive George.

The ‘Tipperary Military Hospital‘ which was a 100-bedded unit for other ranks. There are virtually no surviving records for military hospitals, administrative, or for patients. Some admission and discharge records survive for a few military units and for hospitals which were civil hospitals pre-war and carried on in that capacity post-war. For the vast majority of soldiers, the only record of medical care will be included in their service record if that survives. Military Hospital Tipperary July 31st 1920 Dear Mrs Parker Your son Lc Cpl Parker met his end like a brave gallant British Soldier, you will be very proud of him. For him now all is happiness – care and sorrows are no more – All is Well – Our hearts grieve for you in your sad loss – our deep sympathy is yours. Your boy was brought in here yesterday with another of his comrades (Bayliss) who met his fate at the same time, and it has cast a deep gloom on all around. May God comfort you in your grief. Yours Truly DMC Michele (Matron) These military hospitals were manned and operated by the Royal Army Medical Corps and Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service, supplemented by voluntary workers from a number of organisations including the Voluntary Aid Detachments, Red Cross, St John’s Ambulance and YMCA.

Lance Corporal Parker was buried in High Wycombe Cemetery

1920 Oct 8. Mrs Parker gets £240 compensation for the death of her son


Lucas Ambush