James Alfred Parker was commissioned into the 9th Battalion Manchester Regiment as a Second Lieutenant on 8th May, 1914.
He sailed with the Battalion to Egypt in September 1914 and served with them there throughout their training and preparation for action. He was promoted to Lieutenant, along with several other junior officers, on November 4, 1914 while serving in Egypt. He landed with the 1/9th in Gallipoli on May 9, 1915 as a Platoon Commander in “B” Company.
He is not mentioned in the Battalion or Brigade war diaries but anecdotal evidence from letters published in the Ashton Reporter indicate that Lieutenant Parker was involved in the bayonet charge of June 18th and temporarily assumed command of B Company upon the wounding, and subsequent death, of Captain Harold Sugden. Regimental records report that he was invalided to Alexandria suffering from Enteric Fever on July 6, 1915.
The Battalion evacuated the peninsula on December 28, 1915 and arrived in Egypt on January 18, 1916. Regimental records show that he disembarked in Egypt, with 2/Lt. Edward Balmford, on January 21st and committed an offence that prompted a General Court Martial on January 25th. The Battalion arrived in Shallufa on January 29th, where Lt. Parker remained, and left Shallufa for Kabrit on February 10th.
WO90/6 Judge Advocate General’s Office: General Courts Martial Registers Abroad provides the following additional details:
Lt. J.A. Parker 1/9th Bn The Manchester Regt (TF)
Trial Date: 14th Feb 1916.
Where Held: Shallufa
Nature of Charge: Disobeying CC
Sentence: Cashiered & 84 days Hard Labour
Remitted: 56 days
The London Gazette of the 5th April, 1916 has the following entry:
Manchester Reg’t. Lieut. James A. Parker is cashiered by sentence of a General Court-Martial. 29th Feb, 1916.
Regimental records indicate that Lt. Parker left for the UK to be cashiered on March 22, 1916.