Poppy

First World War in Headington and Marston, Oxford

Thomas Tomkins PARKER (1895–1918)

Thomas Tomkins Parker was born in Old Headington on 19 October 1895, the son of James Parker (born in Old Headington and baptised at St Andrew’s Church on 17 October 1857) and Ada Patience Smith (born in Old Headington in 1871, reg. second quarter).

His parents were married (evidently in haste) at St Giles Church in Oxford on 1 June 1895 (according to the record of the banns made in St Andrew's Church). They had the following children:

  • Thomas Tomkins Parker (born in Old Headington on 19 October 1895 and baptised at St Andrew’s Church on 5 January 1896)
  • [A stillborn child of James & Ada Parker was born in 1897 and buried in Headington Cemetery on 11 November]
  • Sylvia Edith Parker (born in the Croft in Old Headington on 21 March 1899 and baptised at St Andrew’s Church on 3 June)
  • Edward James Parker (born in the Croft in Old Headington on 30 July 1901 and baptised at St Andrew’s Church on 22 September).

Parker’s father was a bricklayer, and the family was living in The Croft (probably at No. 11) at the time of the 1901 census, when Thomas was a five-year-old schoolboy. His Parker grandparents lived next door (probably at No. 11A).

11 & 11a The Croft11 and 11A The Croft, Old Headington

By the time of the 1911 census Thomas (15) was an apprentice to a plumber, while Sylvia (12) and Edward (9) were still at school.

Thomas’s grandmother Mary Parker died at her home in The Croft at the age of 83 and was buried at Headington Cemetery on 14 March 1914; his grandfather, Thomas Tomkins Parker senior, died there at the same age the following year, and was buried with his wife on 5 October 1915.

Poppy In the First World War Thomas Tomkins Parker served as a Private in the 2nd/8th Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment (Service No. 42643). He was killed in action in France at the age of 22 on 31 March 1918, and has no known grave.

He is remembered on the Pozières Memorial in the Somme (Panel 41) and on the roll of honour of St Andrew’s Church in Old Headington.


Postscript

St Andrew's memorial board

Thomas’s parents
  • James Parker died at 11 The Croft at the age of 82 and was buried in Headington Cemetery on 30 November 1939.
  • Mrs Ada Patience Parker died at 11 The Croft at the age of 61 and was buried at Headington Cemetery on 7 December 1931.
Thomas’s siblings
  • Edward James Parker (born 1901) was still living at 11 The Croft in 1952.
  • Miss Parker (probably Sylvia Edith Parker, born in 1899) was listed at 11 The Croft from 1954. She was still there in 1973, but gone by 1976.

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