Parke, Walter Evelyn
He was the second son of Lieutenant Colonel Laurence Parke (H, 1874-1877) and Evelyn Jane Aelfrida, daughter of T Evans Lees of Oldham. His elder brother was Laurence Stanley Parke – he attended Wellington College – and his younger brother was Lieutenant John Aubrey Parke (B, 1906-1911) Durham Light Infantry who was killed in October 1915 (see individual entry). Both Walter and John came to Mr. Fort’s House from Mr. Pellat’s school at Langton Matravers. He played for Lords in his second year and was largely responsible for the victory over Eton that same year, scoring 49 and 46 not out. He captained the team in 1909, played golf for the school in 1908 and 1909 and his last year was appointed a Commoner Prefect. His obituary in Wisden described him as “very short, but one of the best batsmen turned out by the College for many years”.
At the outbreak of war he was serving in the Durham Light Infantry and proceeded to France with them early in the campaign, being mentioned in one of Lord French’s Despatches. He was killed while commanding the machine gun section of his battalion near Outtersteene in the early afternoon of 13th October 1914 and was buried at the Vieux Berquin crossroads. A photograph exists which shows his grave being tended by two young French girls, see Gallery. He now lies in Grave I.E.10 of Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension, Bailleul. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches in January 1915.
- Surname: Parke
- Forenames or initials: Walter Evelyn
- House: B
- Years in School: 1905-1909
- Rank: Lieutenant
- Regiment: Durham Light Infantry
- Date of Birth: 27th July 1891
- Date of Death: 13th October 1914
- How Died: Killed in action
- Location in War Cloister: Outer D3
- Decoration: NA
- Burial Site: OUTTERSTEENE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, BAILLEUL: Grave I.E.10