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Regimental number572
Place of birthKiama, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationAssurance clerk
Address'Carita', Alexander Road, Glebe Point, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 7.5"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinFather, Edwin Albert Parker, Keen Street, Lismore, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the Senior Cadets; 2 years in 31st (Leichhardt) Infantry, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date19 May 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentCompany Sergeant Major
Unit name30th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot III, Row E, Grave No 11), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Edwin Albert and Sarah PARKER, 36 Parkes Street, Lismore, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 11 December 1915.

Promoted 2nd Lieutenant attached to C Company, Ferry Post, 12 March 1916.

Detached to School of Instruction, Zeitoun, 1 April 1916; rejoined Bn, Ferry Post, 23 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Killed in action, 20 July 1916.

Undated statement from CO, 30th Bn, on file: This Officer was killed in Enemy front line during the attack on FROMELLES on 19/20.7.16. His body was not brought to our lines for burial owing to the enemy counter attack. Nature of wounds that caused death is unknown.'

Note on Red Cross File No 2090401: 'German Death List dated 4.11.16. Disc received from Germany and forwarded to N/K. 29.3.17.'

German note on file: 'Lt. Parker, J, (Australier) 30. Bn. am 19.7 in Gegend Fromelles gefallen.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 2), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
Miscellaneous detailsFather's address subsequently 'Avoca', 36 Parkes Street, Girard's Hill, Lismore, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, PARKER John
Red Cross File No 2090401

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