Private 15954 Henry Parker
7th Battalion (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) Royal Berkshire Regiment
Private Parker was the son of William Parker of 3 Mile Cross, Reading Berkshire and the husband of Mary Chandler (Formerly Parker), of 27 Atherton Crescent, Hungerford. He was born in Hook, Hampshire and enlisted at Reading into his local regiment. He was shown as residing in Hungerford.
He went to France on the 19th September 1915.He was killed in action on the 24th April 1917, age 39 whilst serving in Salonika.
- Regimental Badge of the Royal Berkshires
The War Diary for the 24th April 1917 reads:
Our attack between Dorian Lake and Petit Couronne took place at 21.45 hours. 'A' Company did not move, on account of the heavy barrage. 'C' and 'D' companies took their objectives and began to consolidate, but having run out of bombs and having had three Lewis guns destroyed, were forced to retire in the face of a heavy counter attack.
Casualties Officers killed – 3, slightly wounded – 6. 245 other ranks killed, wounded and missing.
General Milne later published a dispatch which reads:
"This operation was carried out with the greatest gallantry and determination by representative battalions of English county regiments, amount whom the Devonshire Regiment and the Berkshire Regiment deserve special credit for their dash and tenacity"