Parke, John Aubrey


He was the third son of Lieutenant Colonel Laurence Parke (H, 1874-1877) and Evelyn Jane Aelfrida, daughter of T Evans Lees of Oldham, and younger brother of Lieutenant Walter Evelyn Parke (B, 1905-1909), Durham Light Infantry, who was killed in 1914: both brothers were with Mr. Pellatt at Langton Matravers before coming to Winchester. He was a School Prefect and a member of Lords: he won his VI Cap, was twelfth man for Association XI his last year and played golf for the School in 1910 and 1911. He went up to Oriel College, Oxford, in 1911 with the intention of going into the Church.

He joined the Rifle Brigade when war was declared but later was attached to the 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry and was serving with them when he fell at Bellewaarde on 25th September 1915, on the first day of the Battle of Loos.

On the same day, also in 14th (Light) Division’s attack at Bellewaarde, another Wykehamist was killed in action: 2nd Lieutenant Philip Henry Habershon (A1907-1911, 9th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps) – see individual entry.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Parke
  • Forenames or initials: John Aubrey
  • House: B
  • Years in School: 1906-1911
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Durham Light Infantry
  • Date of Birth: 6th October 1892
  • Date of Death: 25th September 1915
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer D5
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on Panels 36 and 38 of the MENIN GATE MEMORIAL