49728, Private Victor Parker, age 18
7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment
Died 24 April 1918
Private 49728, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment Died 24/04/1918. Age 18.
The youngest son of Henry Parker and Rosina nee Crick of The Hollies, Croutel Road, Felixstowe. Victor was born in Felixstowe (at the time of his birth a large part of the town from Hamilton Road to Maybush Lane was listed as part of Walton); his father was a master builder.
The 7th Battalion were at First Battles Of The Somme - Villers-Bretonneux - 24/04/1918 where the German Artillery bombarded the offensive line, by holding off on a counter-attack the Allies managed to surround the German position. By dawn 25/04/1918 only German dead, wounded or cut off remained. Victor was initially reported wounded, then wounded & missing before being confirmed as died of his wounds on April 24, 1918, aged 18. He has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial.
Victor is also remembered on the Northgate High School War Memorial – formerly Ipswich Grammar School for Boys, on the St Peter and St Paul WW1 Memorial and Felixstowe Seafront Memorial.