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Tracing Your Roots To Gallipoli

Remembering some of the Bolton men who lost their lives in the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915

Henry Parker

Henry Parker

Farnworth Weekly Journal 17 September 1915


News has been received by Mrs. Dunn, 35, Whoolden-st., Farnworth, that her brother, Pte. Henry Parker (625*), Royal Munster Fusiliers , was killed in action in the Dardanelles on August 9th. Pte. Parker, who was 36 years of age, was a bricklayer, last working at Dunscar, and joined the Army in September last year. He was an excellent swimmer. On August 6th, a few days before he was killed, he wrote to his sister, stating that he was on his way to see the Turks, and said "We will let them see what kind of stuff we are made of."

Henry was the son of Edward Parker b.1847, a bricklayer and Mary Parker b.c.1847.

Henry first appeared on the 1881 Census living at 18 Pitt Street, Farnworth with his parents and siblings Hannah b.1863, Samuel b.1878 and Edward b.1880.

In 1891 he was living at 19 Elizabeth Street, Farnworth with his mother and brother Samuel. His father was absent, possibly working away.

Henry was working as a coal miner at this point.

On the 1901 Census he was recorded as visiting his brother Samuel who was a boarder at 131 Bridgewater Street, Farnworth. Both the brothers were then working as bricklayers, like their father.

Henry's name is on Farnworth War Memorial.

* transposed service number given in newspaper report.


Name Parker, Henry
Rank Private
Number 652
(earlier served as 3084 in the Cheshire Regiment)
Unit 6th Bn
Royal Munster Fusiliers
Born Farnworth, Lancashire
Enlisted St Helens, Lancashire
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
9 August 1915
Age 36
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers