2443 Parker


Charlies Parker was born in May 1985 at Comongin outside Quilpie, Comongin was near the town of Charleville of Queensland.

Charlies was twenty two (22) years old when he enlisted.  He left his employment as a Labourer and Stockman and was enlisted into the 20/11th Light Horse on 15th December 1917 at Rifle Range Camp, A.I.F. Enoggera. He enlisted at Mitchell in 29th May 1917, then embarked from Australia on the 19th December 1917.

Charlie was married to Nellie Parkes (nee Pollard) who lived in South Brisbane. In his register it was mentioned that his brother was Paddy Parkes from Finnenburra via Cunnamulla Queensland as his next of kin then later the Chief Protector of Aboriginals Brisbane, both were crossed out for this wife Nellie's name and address.

Charlie had had home leave on the 22/29 June 1917, during which he might have married Nellie.  Charlies returned back to Australia on a Hospital ship "Dunluce Castle" on the 30th August 1919 and dischared in Brisbane on the 23rd September 1919 due to being unfit to continue his duties. 

In April 1957 the Returned Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen's Imperial League of Australia Boulia sub-branch placed in a request for Charlie to obtain his discharge papers to obtain treatment at Repatriation Department at Winton. Charlie was living at Davenport Downs Station via Winton.  On the 8th May 1957 his requests was denied as his was enrolled under the name Parks not Parker and requested to send another Statutory Declaration stating that he was the same person who served inthe A.I.F. 1914-1918 was needed.  In 18 June 1957 Charlies re-applied for his discharge papers again.

Image:  'Charlie Parks', The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), 15 September, p. 27, viewed 24 February, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page2539863

Information provided by the National Australian Archives online WW1 records.  If this is your family member then please contact Wantima to obtain more information and hopefully provide a more accurate account of Charlies life.

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