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George Parker was the husband of Mary (nee Beesley) of 22 Preston Street, Kirkham. They had married in Kirkham on 25th April 1899 and had two daughters.

George enlisted as a Special Reservist on 1st September 1914 and gave his age as 44 years old*. He had previously served 6 years with the 5th Lancs Artillery becoming time expired. George joined D Company, 3rd (Reserve) Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and traveled to Felixstowe, Suffolk for training.

On 16th February 1915 George was discharged as ‘not likely to become an efficient soldier’ by being ‘physically unfit for War Service’. He died nine days after his discharge on 23rd February 1915 from cardiac dilatation and anemia.

In April that year his wife wrote to the Army to enquire as to whether she was due any allowance from the Army. She says that ‘although my husband was discharged previous to his death I feel sure that he gave his life for his King and Country’. The Army agreed and she was given a widow’s pension; and later requested the following line be engraved on her late husband’s CWGC headstone;


Rank: Private
Service No: 3817
Date of Death: 23/02/1915
Age: 49 44
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 3rd Bn.

*CWGC incorrectly shows his age as being 49, however he gave his age as 44 on several documents within his service records.  He is not included in the SDGW list.

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