Born: 03 June 1874; Waimate, Canterbury, New Zealand
December 1935; Gloucestershire
Service Order Brother-in-law of Alfred Ernest Parker
CHEVALLIER PARKER was born 03 Jun 1874
in Waimate, Canterbury, New Zealandto 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.
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).
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)
SERVICE DETAILS 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 http://www.kaiserscross.com/304501/489643.html).
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.