20455 Private Mathew Mark Parker, 9th Lancers

20455 Private Mathew Mark Parker, 9th Lancers aged 22 was charged with desertion at Castlereagh, Ireland in May 1920, at Croydon Court on 18 Aug 1920 found with forged discharged papers supplied by Sinn Fein. Given 2 months Hard Labour and to be returned to unit. Deserted May 1920. Enlisted 26 Feb 1920 into 12th Lancers. Military Prison Woking. Discharged 7 June 1922, service reckons from 4 May 1922, previously No. G23824 The Buffs.

1898 Jul 14 Matthew Mark Parker born Charter St, Manchester (Hawker fathers profession)

1901 Census, Priors Court, Domington, Herefordshire, England

1917 Mar 5. Conscripted at Kingston aged 18 Years 8 Months, Birth year 1899Surrey Recruitment Registers 1908-1933 Transcription. 30890 Private Matthew Mark Parker, 31st Training Reserve Battalion, 7th Training Reserve Brigade based at Dover. Occupation Carman, Height 5ft 5in. Weight in pounds 109, Chest expansion inches 3 Chest size inches 33. Address 6 Badger Hill Shirley, Surrey. Men who were posted to the Training Reserve battalions were not allocated to any particular regiment when the time came for them to be posted. So from this time on it is not safe to assume that a recruit would serve with his local regiment.

Transferred as G/23824 Private Matthew Mark Parker, to the 8th (Service) Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment), 17th Brigade, 24th Division in France. 8th (Service) Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment),  disbanded in France in February 1918.

1920 Feb 26. enlisted (7/5) into the 12th (Prince of Wales's Royal) Lancers aged 21 at Guilford. Carter from Manchester, Lancashire. Nok Mary Elcock, 8 Badgers Hole, Shirely, Surrey (Mother). 315180 / L/20455 Private Matthew Mark Parker, Corps of Lancers. Posted to 9th (Queen's Royal) Lancers

May 1920 May . deserted 9th Lancers at Castlereagh, Ireland. Obtained forged Army Discharge Papers from the IRA. Stowaway on a boat from Ireland to England sold his uniform a Sinn Feiner on the boat

19 Aug 1920 Croydon Crown Court, 2 months hard labour and returned to regiment aged 22

4 May 1922 Service Reckons From this date

7 June 1922 discharged at Canterbury. Character Bad. Address on discharge the Military Prison Woking

22 June 1922 medals returned

18 Oct 1932 to 14 Nov 1935 in Wandsworth Prison for indecent assault

Released to London as a Bricklayer

Mark Parker, Birth Date: abt 1899 Date of Registration: Mar 1942 Age at Death: 43, Registration district: Surrey South Western


Soldiers missing in Ireland