Frederick John Bush Parker

Service:                Army

Rank:                    Private

Service No:           13215

Unit:                     3rd BN. Coldstream Guards

 Frederick was born in Bristol in 1887; he was the son of the Rev. Frederick Talbot Parker & Mrs Marion Eirene Parker (nee Thomas). Father Parker was vicar at St Aidan’s from October 1896 to June 1913. Frederick John Bush Parker lived with his family at St Aidans House Summerhill Road at the time of the 1901 census & by the time of 1911 census they had moved to the then new St Aidan’s Vicarage in Nicholas lane. In June 1913 the family moved to the Vicarage, 217 Wells Road, Knowle when Rev Parker took up a new living.

Frederick attended Clifton College, 1908-1913, then became a banker at Messrs Cox of Charring Cross.*

3rd Battalion, The Coldstream Guards were based in Aldershot; they were at Chelsea Barracks with the 4th (Guards) Brigade, 2nd Division when war broke out in August 1914. On the 13th of August 1914 they proceeded to France, landing at Le Havre .They were in action in The Battle of Mons and the subsequent retreat, The Battle of the Marne, The Battle of the Aisne, the First Battle of Ypres and the Winter Operations of 1914-15. In 1915 they were in action during The Battle of Aubers and then on the 20th of August 1915 they transferred to the newly formed 1st Guards Brigade.

Frederick John Talbot Parker disembarked France on 27th April 1915 and was killed on 8th August 1915 by a shell bursting in his trench*, he is laid to rest in the Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner , Cuinchy. Grave reference I. A. 3.   

Image by kind permission of CWGC.

John qualified for the 1914-15 Star, The British War Medal and The Victory Medal.

This Chalice was presented to the Church in memory of Frederick it is inscribed on the six sections of the base as such "In Memory of Frederick John Bush Parker; 3rd Bn. Coldstream Guards; Killed in action August 8th 1915 aged 18; R I P "

He is also commemorated on the Clifton College Memorial Arch and as he played rugby for Bristol Saracens he is one of the many rugby players of Bristol that the Memorial Ground was dedicated to.*

*Thanks to Patrick Casey, Historian Clifton RFC, for additional details.


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

1901 & 1911 UK household census