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Name: William PARKER
Casualty No.: Ranks: Aircraftsman 2nd Class Initials: W Service No.: 1641266
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Age at Death: 23
Unit: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence: Crookhill, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 17 Alexandra Gardens, Crookhill, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment:
How Died:
Date of Death: Thursday 14th October 1943
Place of Death:
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Stargate War Memorial, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Kirkee War Cemetery, India.
Decoration and Medals: 1939-45 Star. Pacific Star. War Medal.
Photographs: 0
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary:
Family Details:
Son of William and Barbara Parker, of 17 Alexandra Gardens, Crookhill, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Brother: Raymond.
Notes : William had only been in India ten weeks before his death. He was well known in local football circles having played as a winger for Clara Vale Juniors FC. He enjoyed an excellent 1939-40 season, attracting professional scouts from various clubs. He finally signed forms for Newcastle United FC and had completed two seasons with the club before enlisting in the RAF. The family were well known in the Methodist Church where his father had served thirty five years as a preacher. Brother, Raymond, served during World War 2 with the Royal Tank Regiment.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register.
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