Alfred Chevallier PARKER

Regiment:               Egyptian Army; Staff Officer  

Rank & Number:     

03 June 1874; Waimate, Canterbury,
                                New Zealand  

                        27 December 1935; Gloucestershire  

Distinguished Service Order
                                Brother-in-law of Alfred Ernest Parker

ALFRED CHEVALLIER PARKER was born 03 Jun 1874 in Waimate, Canterbury, New Zealand to parents Harry Rainy Parker and Frances Emily Jane Kitchener (sister of Lord Kitchener).  He died in Gloucestershire on 27 Dec 1935; at the time of his death he was living at West Field, Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire.  

He married Winifred Margaret Parker, daughter of the late Alfred T. Parker of Fairlie House, at Fairlie Parish Church in 1909.  

In the 1881 Census, aged 6, he is living Temple Rothley, Leicestershire with parents Harry Rainy (43, b. London, Magistrate farming 243 acres) and Frances Emily (32, b. London) with siblings James Herbert (8), Ellen Annie B and Frances Mary (5).  

In the 1891 Census, aged 16, he is at Fairlie House, Fairlie in household of uncle and aunt Alfred T and Harriet W Parker, with cousins including Alfred E and Winifred M (his future wife)    


An officer in the Egyptian Army, known as Parker Pasha, he served for several years in the Sinai commanding the garrison at Nakhl and organising an intelligence network amongst local tribesmen.  After that he worked in the Intelligence Department in Cairo, and in early 1915 he held the appointment of Governor of Sinai, reporting to the Director of Intelligence (from The Soldier’s Burden   

He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 1918, and retired from Egyptian Government Service in 1925.  His diaries, “The Diaries of Parker Pasha; War in the Desert 1914-18 told from the secret diaries of Colonel Alfred Chevallier Parker, nephew of Lord Kitchener, Governor of Sinai, and military intelligence chief in the Arab Revolt” were published in 1983.

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-  

2 January 1915          

Captain Chevalier Parker has been appointed political agent for the North Red Sea Patrol and has had the temporary rank of Lieut.-Colonel conferred on him.  Captain Parker is eminently suited for such an important post as he spent most of his military career in the Sudan and knows Arabs well.

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