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Wilfred Graham Parker

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Portrait of The Reverend Wilfred Graham Parker, Auckland Weekly News, 7 January 1942. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19420107-29-2. Image has no known copyright restrictions.
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Wilfred Graham AWMM
  • Surname
    Parker AWMM
  • Ingoa
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  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1905 AWMM AWMM
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  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 18 April 1905 AWMM England AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs J.H. Capill (mother), Paeroa, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM

Service

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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    Inter War 1935 AWMM AWMM
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Medical history

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Biographical information

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  • Chaplain Parker was the son of James Parker of Wellington, and of Hylda May Parker (later Capill) of Paeroa.

    After his father died the family moved with their mother to Paeroa.

    Educated at Paeroa District High School, St John's College and Auckland University. AWMM

Death

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    10 December 1941 AWMM
    Age 36 AWMM
    China Sea AWMM
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Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    • Plymouth Naval War Memorial AWMM
    • Memorial trees: grove, Paeroa High School, WW2 (1946) AWMM

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  • I was just reading Iain Ballantyne's book "Killing the Bismarck," for my next article for WW2 History magazine on that episode, and his name came up early on, for offering a pre-battle prayer for HMS Prince of Wales as it faced Bismarck. I wanted to find out what happened to him, and got the answer I should have expected -- he went down with the dreadnought at the hands of Japanese aviation on 10 December 1941. He was tending wounded Sailors in the ship's chapel and would not leave them. It left me greatly upset, of course.

    Rev. Parker is a man who should be remembered by every New Zealander and Briton for his devotion to duty, shipmates, Queen, Country, and most of all, faith. He made the supreme sacrifice to rid the world of evil. His life is a moral lesson.
    Public - Dave - Researcher - 17 January 2019
  • Greater love has no- one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. john chap 15 v 13
    Public - Susan Burnett - 7 April 2018

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07 April 2018Susan BurnettPokeno new zealandOther