Lionel Albert Parker

Pte Lionel Parker was a member of the 21st Battalion CEF Machine Gun Section.  Above is a banner that his comrades made after the war as a souvenir of one of their many reunions.  Below are photos of some of the members of that section.

Above are two photos of Pte Parker with his friend, Pte Charles Tait, 59950, also of the 21st Battalion.  Lionel Parker is on the right in both photos.

The above photo was taken during one of his hospital stays when wounded.  He is in the center of the second row, with the X marked on his sling.

Below are 2 photos taken at West Sandling Camp in England, and one would assume that this would be the members of his Platoon.

The photos and information have been made available by Lionel Parker's grandson, Doug Parker and reproduced here with his permission.


Summary of Service Record



May 5, 1896

Born at Bath England 

Note that the Attestation Papers record the date as May 15, 1896, but his birth certificate records May 5th as the correct day.


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59773 (temporary number 796)

Ø      Next of kin given as (Mrs Parker) mother of 70 Tarry Road, Saltley, Birmingham England

o       Address later changed to Charlotte Pitt Cottage, Benwell, Newcastle on Tyne, England

o       A note was later added to also notify Mrs ER Farrell of RR #2 Ripley Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as laborer

o       Later stated to be “Gardener”, employed by Jacob Branch, Bowmanville Ontario

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø      Placed in “G” Company

o       Later transferred to the Machine Gun Section


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal for England



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked at Folkstone for France


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Mar 16, 1916

While on a work party at Dickebusch received a gunshot wound 

Admitted to No 2 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with a gunshot wound to left shoulder and chest 

Transferred to No 26 General Hospital via No 12 train


Apr 10, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the HS Dieppe and posted to CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Center)



Apr 11, 1916

Admitted to No 15 Northern General Hospital at Leicester


Apr 19, 1916

Transferred to Military hospital at Shorncliffe


Jun 13, 1916

Transferred to Woodcote Convalescent Hospital at Epsom


Jul 18, 1916

Released from hospital 

SOS (Struck Off Strength) CCAC on transfer to 39th Battalion (fit for duty)


Aug 19, 1916

Granted permission to marry – Bride’s name Eliza W Higgs


Sep 11, 1916

SOS 39th Battalion on transfer to 21st Battalion and reverts to rank of Pte on arrival at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) 

Note: I could find no mention of a promotion prior to this date


Sep 17, 1916

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal


Oct 1, 1916

Left CBD for 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion


Oct 4, 1916

Joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion


Oct 5, 1916

Left 2nd Entrenching Battalion to join 21st Battalion


Oct 6, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field


Apr 9, 1917

Wounded in attack at Vimy Ridge 

Admitted to Field Ambulance with a gunshot wound to left arm


Apr 11, 1917

Admitted to No 2 Australian General Hospital at Wimereux with gunshot wound


Apr 12, 1917

SOS to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) 

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Patrick



Apr 14, 1917

Transferred to 1st West General Hospital, Hemingford St, Liverpool


Apr 19, 1917

Hemorrhaged severely and tourniquet had to be applied to stop bleeding.  Required surgery to repair.


Aug 21, 1917

Transferred to Woodcote Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Epsom


Oct 2, 1917

Transferred to Canadian Military Hospital at Kirkdale


Oct 17, 1917

Discharged from hospital and invalided to Canada aboard the SS Araguaya, embarked at Liverpool



Oct 25, 1917

TOS MD #3 (Military District No 3) at Kingston Ontario and admitted to Convalescent Hospital


Nov 3, 1917

Admitted for treatment to Queen’s Military Hospital, Kingston, and treated as an outpatient


Dec 1, 1917

Admitted to Queen’s Military Hospital and treated as an inpatient


Dec 20, 1917

Released from hospital and treated as an outpatient


Jan 4, 1918

Admitted to Queen’s Military Hospital and treated as an inpatient


Jan 31, 1918

Released from hospital and treated as an outpatient


Feb 5, 1918

Discharged from Queen’s Military Hospital care


Jan 29, 1918

Medical Board at Kingston Ontario records the following: 

Ø      Wounded twice, March 16, 1916 (chest) and April 9, 1917 (arm)

Ø      He cannot straighten his left arm at elbow beyond 90 Deg

Ø      Complains of tingling sensations in left thumb

Ø      Cannot close ring and little finger of left hand into fist

Ø      Both bones in left arm were broken by bullet wounds

Ø      Grip in left hand is about 80% of normal

Ø      Disability from both wounds is permanent

Ø      Board recommends discharge as medically unfit


Feb 15, 1918

Discharged at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Proposed address on discharge – Box 189 Bowmanville Ontario

Ø      Permanent pension of $300.00 awarded 



Pte Lionel A Parker
Bowmanville Cemetery
Bowmanville ON


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