This name is on Stockwell War Memorial, London SW9
C. F. Parker
(Charles Frederick Parker)
(Parker, Charles Frederick)
Service no 142427
Private, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), 34th Coy.
Killed in action 21 March 1918, aged 34
Remembered at Arras Memorial, France and on Stockwell War Memorial, London SW9
William and Elizabeth married on 21 October 1871 at Christ Church, Blackfriars. In common with many families at the time, they moved frequently, probably following work around London.
We can trace their movements from the censuses: In 1881 they lived at 13 Upper Winchester Street in Islington; in 1891 they were at 115 Bridge Street, Greenwich; in 1901 they were at 31 Foreign Street, Camberwell and by 1911, aged 68 and 59, they were in Southend on Sea, living with two of their three surviving children.
On October 15 1905 William and Elizabeth's son Charles, aged 20, and Daisy Laura Hales, 21, married at Christ Church, Blackfriars (the church where William and Elizabeth had married). Daisy’s address was given on the marriage certificate as 32 Collingwood Street (now Columbo Street)* and Charles was living at 48 Brunswick Street (off Stamford Street). Daisy was born in Highgate, the daughter of a journeyman baker, James Hales.
However, in 1901, according to the census, Daisy was living at 2 Redan Terrace, near Elam Street, on the Camberwell/Brixton borders*. Elam Road is adjacent to Foreign Street, where Charles Frederick Parker was living. It seems likely that this was when and where Charles and Daisy, who were both 16 in 1901, met. The 1901 census gives Charles’ occupation as “repairer of bicycle tyres”.
* Collingwood Street was next to Christ Church, Blackfriars (behind the railings in the picture on the left), but has now been replaced by Columbo Street. The cottages have been replaced by a pub (the brick building in the engraving) and a sports centre. Elam Street survives but most of the surrounding streets do not, the area having been extensively redeveloped after World War II.
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