Parker, William Mackworth

He was the eldest son of Lieutenant Colonel William Frederic Parker of Delamore, Ivybridge, Devon; his mother was Helinor Parker, daughter of Colonel Fitzroy Stephen CB.  He came to Winchester from Aysgarth School and in his last year he was a Commoner Prefect, captain of Commoner VI and second captain of Lords. He also represented the school at football.

After leaving Winchester he served for two years in the Royal North Devon Imperial Yeomanry and joined the Regular Army and the Rifle Brigade in 1907, winning the Sword of Honour at the Royal Military College. He played for the Army at cricket and football – the latter while still at Sandhurst. A few weeks after the outbreak of war he was appointed Adjutant of the 8th (Service) Battalion of the Rifle Brigade.

He fell at Hooge on July 30th 1915, in the first action in which the Germans used flame throwers. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on Panels 46-48 and 50 of the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres.

He married in 1912 Lilian Ursula Vivian, duaghter of Sir Arthur Vivian KCB.  They had a son, Frederick Anthony Vivian Parker, who came to Winchester (E1926-1931) played for Lords and joined the Rifle Brigade.

Parker was not the only Wykehamist to die at Hooge that day. One of the officers of 7KRRC killed in the Hooge counter-attack was 2nd Lieutenant Gerald Francis Carter (D1910-1913) – and in the same battalion, Lieutenant George Herbert Gibson (B1889-1895) was wounded. From 7RB, Lieutenant Gilbert Walter Lyttelton Talbot (H1904-1910) was also killed. It seems probable (there is some uncertainty over the date) that another casualty at Hooge that day was Lieutenant Roger Wentworth Watson (I1907-1912), of ‘C’ Company, 8KRRC.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Parker
  • Forenames or initials: William Mackworth
  • House: E
  • Years in School: 1900-1905
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Rifle Brigade
  • Date of Birth: 1st September 1886
  • Date of Death: 30th July 1915
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer B5
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial