The St Andrew’s parish magazine first recorded that Private Edgar Parker was serving his country in July 1915. In June 1918 readers were advised that he was in the Northamptonshire Regiment and was at Chatham, having been in hospital for fourteen months. Two months later, in August 1918, the magazine recorded that Edgar had been home on leave and, a month later, that he had now returned to France.
Sadly, in November 1918, the magazine reported that, after spending the best part of a year and a half recovering:
We are now sorry to report that on September 18th [Private Edgar Parker] was killed. He wrote to his wife on the 17th, saying that he was going to the trenches the next day.
St Andrew’s, Oxshott, Parish Magazines, July 1915, June 1918, August 1918, September 1918, and November 1918, SHC Ref. 8909/8/1/4.