Victoria Cross hero honoured


A memorial service which marked the 99th anniversary of Stapleford’s most famous Royal Marine winning the Victoria Cross has taken place.

Residents, councillors and former marines attended St Helen’s Church on Frederick Road in Stapleford on April 27 for the memorial service, held in honour of former Royal Marine Walter Parker, who died aged 55 on November 28, 1936.

He had been awarded the Victoria Cross in recognition of his bravery while serving with the Royal Marines Light Infantry at Gaba Tepe, Gallipoli in Turkey on May 1, 1915.

After spending his early years in London he moved to Stapleford and begin work at the Stanton Ironworks as a coremaker.

At the outbreak of World War One, he enisted into the Royal Marines Light Infantry Division who went on to serve in Turkey.

Broxtowe Borough Council and Stapleford Town Council took part in the memorial service, which also saw members of the Nottingham branch of the Royal Marines Association attending.