Date of birth: 1919
Parents: Sidney Giles and Mary Parker nee Marshall ex Giles
Address: 24 Lyttleton Road, Warwick
Occupation: Capstan Lathe Hand at Lockheed Brake Company in Leamington
Frederick (Bill) was born in 1919 in Warwick. His parents were Sidney and Mary (nee Marshall) who had married in 1914. Bill had an older sister, Jessie Winifred (1915-1999). His parents divorced and his mother remarried – to Arthur Aubrey Parker.
The 1939 Register shows Bill living with his mother and step father at 24 Lyttleton Road, Warwick. He now had four half siblings. Two of the records are redacted (crossed out) but the two remaining entries are for Arthur Aubrey (junior – born 1923) and Raymond (born 1926). Arthur is listed as a general labourer in the building trade and Bill himself works as a Capstan Lathe worker.
We have heard from Jamie Parker and he has confirmed that his grandfather Ronald (born 1930) was another half brother of Bill’s and that there was also a younger half sister, Frances (born 1931). This accounts for the two redactions in the 1939 Register.
Bill is buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany:
Bill’s mother, Mary, died in 1979 in Warwick.
Rank & Number: Private, 5127337
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Brigade/Division: 185th Infantry Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division
Date of death: 1st March 1945
Cause of death/Battle: Wounded on 29th July 1944 during the D-Day landings.
Commemorated/Buried: Buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany. 48. D. 16.
Commemorated locally at:
Bill was called up in March 1942. He was wounded in action near Caen in July 1944 but was involved in the D-Day landings that September. He was killed the following March.
- Unlocking Warwick Research Group
- Warwick Advertiser excerpts courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office
- Extra information regarding Bill’s family kindly supplied by Jamie Parker whose Grandfather, Ronald Parker, was Bill’s half brother