James Parker

James Parker served with the Durham Light Infantry 5th Battalion in WW1. He joined up in October 1915 and served until November 1918. He was quite badly wounded near Arras probably in June 1917 and sent back to the UK to recover from his wounds. He never went back to France and ended his service with the Labour corps:

James Parker 4117
Durham Light Infantry 5th Battalion
Labour Corps 90039

In the Absent Voters' List of October 1918 James' address is Heighington Street, and he was Private 200558, 27th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry.

Born Aug 10th, 1890 in Kendal, Westmorland

Married to Elisabeth Robinson of Aycliffe in June 1915.

Their son James was baptized 1915, daughter Margaret July 21, 1918 and Linda Alice May 16, 1920.

Died Aug 30th 1980. Buried at St Andrews Church, Aycliffe.

Thanks to Alan Pattison for this information about his grandfather.

From the 1911 census James Parker was with his parents and family at 5, Rose Mary Lane, Kendal. His father was Richard Parker, age 48, a railway platelayer, born Barrow, Lancashire, and his mother was Margaret Ann, age 48, born Kendal, Westmorland. They had been married 24 years and had had 11 children, 2 of whom had died. James' siblings, all born in Kendal, were Mary Ann, age 24, worked in the yarn department of a woollen mill, Henry, 22, tobacco spinner, Margaret, 18, woollen weaver, John Edward, 15, rope spinner's labourer, Richard, 13, school part butcher errand boy, Albert, Turner Parker, school, Ada, 5, school, and Linda, age 2. James himself was 20, and worked as a railway labourer.