Ernest Parker, Hawkestone Road in Rotherhithe, WWI. 1893-1919.
Ernest Parker was born in 1893 to Thomas and Sarah Parker (he was one of 8 children!). It is likely that he left school aged 11 in 1904 after the death of his father and worked as a clerk for a produce packer. Private Ernest Parker joined the British forces during the First World War, and embarked for Salonika in November 1916. He sent numerous letters back to his family on Hawkestone Road in Rotherhithe. His notes were always signed affectionately using his nickname “Ernie.” Unfortunately, just as the hostilities had ceased and his return home was within reach, he was admitted to the military hospital with pneumonia and did not recover from the ailment, dying there on the 4th of February 1919. Ernest “Ernie” Parker received British War and Victory Medals and he was buried at the British Military Cemetery at Mikra, Thessaloniki, Greece “with full military honours”.
At Christmas, Ernie sent his greetings back to his family, including this card that was addressed to his sister Ada, and an embroidered card for his Mum, Sarah Louise Parker.
Lest we forget
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