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Wilfred Graham Parker

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.

Portrait of The Reverend Wilfred Graham Parker, Auckland Weekly News, 7 January 1942. Sir George Gre …


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    Wilfred Graham AWMM
  • Surname
    Parker AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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  • Birth
    1905 AWMM WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
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    WW2 Pre 18 April 1905 AWMM England AWMM
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    WW2 Mrs J.H. Capill (mother), Paeroa, New Zealand AWMM
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    Single AWMM


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    1935 AWMM EnglandUnited Kingdom AWMM
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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


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    10 December 1941 AWMM
    Age 36 AWMM
    China Sea AWMM
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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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17 January 2019DaveNewark, New Jersey (adopted home, Christchurch, New Zealand)Researcher
07 April 2018Susan BurnettPokeno new zealandOther

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