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Harold Fenwick Parker Rank: Major Regiment/Service: 4th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards, R.C.A.C.  4th Recce. Regt. Date of Birth: May 1, 1908 Place of Birth: St. John, New Brunswick Date of Enlistment: October 26, 1939 Place of Enlistment: Bridgewater, NS Address At Enlistment: Yarmouth, NS Age at Enlistment: 31 Height: 6 feet Previous Military: 7th Canadian Machine Gun Corps 8th P. L. Hussars West Nova Scotia Regiment Trade: Theatre Manager [Yarmouth] Martial Status: Married Religion: United Church of Canada   Next of Kin: Lillian Elizabeth Parker [Wife] St. John, NB Major Parker was the son of  Fenwick W. and Anna May Parker, of St. John, New Brunswick and husband of Lillian Elizabeth Parker, of St. John.  Major Parker served in Canada initially with the West Nova Scotia Regiment.  He disembarked in the United Kingdom on December 31, 1939.  He was taken on strength with the 4th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards on June 22, 1940.  He served in the Italian Campaign from August 27, 1943 until his death. For the most part, the Princess Louise Dragoon Guards served as scouts and in the Italian Campaign  took part in virtually all of the major actions. The regiment landed at Reggio di Calabria on the Italian mainland on September 3, 1943,  and began providing 1st Canadian Infantry Division Headquarters with information with regard to the ground to the north including the condition of roads and bridges and the location and strength of enemy forces. When a reporter asked Squadron Commander Major Harold Parker as to what he and his men did in Italy he replied: "We keep driving until the enemy shoots at us. Then we know he is there". On November 4, 1943  Major Parker’s armoured car was struck by a 75mm shell on the Torella-Duronia road. He was killed and his crew badly wounded. Date of Death: November 4, 1943 Age at Death: 33 Cemetery: Moro River Canadian War Cemetery (Italy) Grave Reference: IV. F. 2. The 91st name on the WWII list of the Yarmouth War Memorial Commemorated on page 201 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on April 24 Sources and Information: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Veterans Affairs Canada findagrave.com
Harold Fenwick Parker