Sidney Thomas Parker was born in 1889 in Culham, Oxon where his father Joseph was the Police Constable. By 1900 the family, Joseph, his wife Susan and their four children had moved to Tetsworth, Joseph was still at the Police Station there 10 years later.
On retiring from the Police it would seem that Joseph took on the Plough Inn in Priestend, Thame before finally settling in Long Crendon in 1917.
Sidney joined the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry in 1907, as soon as he was 18. He was a member of the 2nd Battalion which formed part of 2nd Div at Aldershot on 2 August 1914 and landed at Boulogne on 14th August 1914. He was on the area of the Western Front that saw some of the heaviest fighting of the early years of the war, and it is likely that Sidney was killed at the battle of Festubert (15 – 25 May 1915).
Sidney has no known grave and is remembered on Le Touret Memorial, Armentiers, France. He is also remembered on Thame and Tetsworth War Memorials and All Saints Church Memorial Board.
The Thame Remembers Cross was delivered to Le Touret Memorial, Armentiers, Pas de Calais, France on 12th May 2015 by Brett Chowns