Born: 13 December 1880; Aigburth, Childwall, Lancashire
Died: 07 November 1914; Belgium (killed in action)
at Strand Military Cemetery, Belgium Brother-in-law of Alfred Chevallier Parker and Robert G.I. Chichester
ERNEST PARKER was born 13 December 1880 in Aigburth,
Childwall, Lancashireto parents Alfred
Traill Parker and Harriet Wilhelmina Tinne. He was killed
in action near Ploegsteert, Belgium on 07 Nov 1914, aged 34, and is buried at
Strand Military Cemetery, Hainaut, Belgium; the
inscription requested by the family reads "Him that comes to me, I
will in no wise cast out". He is
commemorated on Fairlie War Memorial and in the Church of St. Anne, Aigburth, Liverpool, whose founders
included his grandfathers Charles Stewart Parker and John Tinne.
On 24 June
1909 at Holy Trinity Church, Brompton, he married Joan Isobel Margaret Bowes
Lyon, cousin of the future Queen Mother.
the 1891 Census, Alfred, aged 10, is at Fairlie House, Fairlie with parents
Alfred T Parker (53, India Merchant and Shipowner,
b. England) and Harriet W (47,
b. England), siblings Evelyn S (21), Alwyn (13), Winifred M (12)
and Alice E (8), and his cousin Alfred C Parker (Alfred
Chevallier Parker who is also named on the Roll of Honour).
On leaving Eton in 1899, Alfred
joined the Black Watch and served through the Boer War, receiving the Queen’s
medal with three clasps and the King’s medal with two clasps. In 1906 he was transferred to the 10th
Hussars, from which he retired with the rank of Captain in 1911.
Called up when war broke out, he entered
theatre of war in Belgium on 29 Oct 1914.
On 07 Nov 1914 he was severely wounded leading his company against the
German trenches, but the fighting was fierce and his men were unable to recover
him. Initially he was reported killed in
action, but this was amended to wounded and missing, and from November 1914
until early January 1915 enquiries were made as to his fate. On 11 Jan 1915, the 1st Battalion
Rifle Brigade replied, “Captain Parker’s body was found with his identity disc
inside the Eastern edge of Ploegsteert Wood.
It was buried by our men”. However, the rumours
that he was still alive became so widespread that in Nov 1915 his brother made
enquiries via the Swedish Ambassador in Berlin to ascertain if he was a
prisoner, and his widow asked the family to issue a public denial. He is buried at Strand Military
the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-
28 November 1914
A.E. Parker, the Black Watch, who on Friday was officially reported killed in
action on November 8, is now officially reported wounded and missing.
19 December 1914
A.E. Parker, the Black Watch, is reported wounded and missing. Captain Parker has South African
experience. He was on retired pay, and
was posted to the 3rd Battalion.
1915 News has been
received of the death of Captain A.E. Parker, 3rd Battalion Seaforth
Highlanders, who was previously reported wounded and missing on November 7.
January 1915 In The Fighting Line; Captain Parker, Black Watch: Captain Alfred Ernest Parker, Black Watch,
who was reported missing and wounded on December 17 was, it is now ascertained,
killed in action on November 7 near Ploegstiert. He was born on December 30, 1880. He was the youngest son of the late Alfred
Traill Parker, of Fairlie, Ayrshire, and of Beechwood, Liverpool, by his
marriage with Harriet Wilhelmina, daughter of John Abraham Tinne, of Aigburth,
Lancashire. Captain Parker was a nephew
of the late Right Hon. Charles Stuart Parker, of Fairlie, M.P. for Perthshire
from 1868 to 1871, and for Perth City from 1878 to 1892. Captain Parker, who resided at Ragsden,
Farnham Royal, entered the Black Watch in 1901, and served in the South African
He became Captain in 1909, and retired in
1911, when he joined the Reserve of Officers for the Black Watch, rejoining his
regiment when the war broke out. He was
the grandnephew of that eminent judge, the late Vice-Chancellor Sir James
Parker, who was born in Glasgow in 1801, and his family were long connected
Captain Parker married in 1909 Jean Issobel
Margaret, eldest daughter of the late Hon. Ernest Bowes-Lyon (third son of the
13th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne) by his marriage with Issobel Hester,
daughter of the late Harvey Drummond of Iping, Kent, cousin of the Earl of
Perth. Mrs Parker’s only brother, like
her husband, is in the Black Watch, in which regiment her cousin Lord Glamis,
the Hon. John Bowes-Lyon, and the Hon. Fergus Bowes-Lyon are also serving, while
her cousin, the Hon. Michael Bowes-Lyon, Lord Strathmore’s fourth son, is with
the Royal Scots. Captain Parker’s death
is now reported officially.
from other newspapers:-
Courier, 25 June 1909 Court And Society: At Holy Trinity, Brompton, yesterday afternoon, Mr. A.E. Parker, of
the 10th Royal Hussars, youngest son of the late Mr. A.T. Parker and Mrs
Parker, of Beechwood, Aigburth, and Fairlie, Ayrshire, was married to Miss Joan
Isobel Margaret Bowes-Lyon, eldest daughter of the late Hon. Ernest Bowes-Lyon,
of His Majesty’s Diplomatic Service, and of the Hon. Mrs Bowes-Lyon, of 22,
Ovington-square. The Rev. Wilfrid
Cleaver officiated, assisted by the Rev. A.W. Gough. The bride, who was led up the aisle by her
uncle, the Earl of Strathmore, and given away by her mother, wore a princess
gown of very soft ivory satin, arranged with a veiling of old silver lace. There were eight bridesmaids, and Captain the
Hon. C.B.O. Mitford, of the 10th Royal Hussars, was best man.
A reception was afterwards held at 19,
Hans-place, lent for the occasion by the Dowager Countess of Strathmore, and
among the large number of invited guests were the Earl and Countess of
Strathmore, the Dowager Countess of Strathmore, Lady Goschen, Lord and Lady Ampthill,
Lady Colville, Lady G. Campbell, Lady Egerton, Lady M. Littleton, Lady Munro,
Lady Acland Hood, the Ladies Maude and Anne Lyon, and Sir Claude C.C. de
Crespigny. Later in the day the
bridegroom and bride left for Paris, where they will attend the Grand Prix, and
afterwards proceed to Brittany for the remainder of their honeymoon.
Advertiser, 2 December 1914 Perth Captain Missing: Captain A.E. Parker, the Black Watch (missing), was
on retired pay, and was called up when war broke out. He was attached to the 3rd Battalion, which
has its headquarters at Perth.
Evening Telegraph, 14 December
Former Perth M.P.’s Nephew
Wounded: Captain A.E. Parker, of the
Black Watch, who is reported to be wounded and missing, is a nephew of the late
Right Hon. C.S. Parker, for about twenty years M.P. for the county and latterly
for the city of Perth. Mr Parker ceased
to be Perth’s M.P. in 1892, when he was defeated by Mr William Whitelaw in a
Captain Parker, who was on the retired list, is 34 years of age. He received his commission in the Black Watch
in 1901, not long after leaving Eton, and was promoted captain in 1909. He was attached to the 3d Battalion of the
regiment, having retired from active service in May, 1911. Captain Parker went through the South African
War, and received the Queen’s Medal with three clasps and the King’s Medal with
two clasps. It was the desire of Captain
Parker’s uncle that he should join the famous regiment. The captain’s friends earnestly hope for
information regarding his fate.
Daily Record, 14 November 1915
Officer Killed; Captain Alfred
Ernest Parker, Black Watch: Captain Alfred Ernest Parker, 3rd Battalion
Black Watch, of Ragsden, Farnham Royal, who was reported missing at the end of
November, and wounded and missing on December 11, is now stated to have been
killed near Ploegstert on November 7, aged 34 years.
The youngest son of the late Mr. Alfred
Traill Parker, of Beechwood, Aigburth, Liverpool, and Fairlie, he got his first
commission in 1901, and his captaincy in 1909.
He retired in 1911, and subsequently joined the reserve of officers of
the Black Watch. He served in the South
African War at the actions at Rhenoster River, Wittebergen, and Witport,
receiving the Queen’s medal with three clasps, and the King’s medal, with two