Beatrice Hannah (Mrs) Parker
|Name of Rgt or Ship:||Civilian|
|How Died:||Killed in Air Raid|
|Country of burial:||U.K.||Grave Photo:||Yes|
|Cemetery or Memorial:||Altrincham (Hale) Cemetery|
Born during the September quarter 1906 in the Bucklow R.D. - ref: 8a/187, the daughter of Frederick & Ada Louisa Walker, later of 104 Stamford Park Road, Hale. She married Robert Parker during the March quarter 1932 in the Bucklow R.D. - ref: 8a/335 and they resided at 72 Woodheys Drive, Sale. - they had no children. Beatrice was the Canteen Manageress at Thames Board Mill in Warrington when the Town was bombed. At 17.05 hours on the 14th September 1940, a lone raider dropped two H.E. bombs on the Recreation Ground of the Thames Board Paper Mill, where a garden fete was in progress. One bomb fell on the Canteen and 150 people were buried in the wreckage, of these 16 were killed (including six employees), fifteen others were seriously injured and 28 slightly injured. This was Warrington's worst Wartime atrocity, coming without warning on a fine Saturday afternoon and targeting innocent families enjoying a fete on Thames Board Mill's recreation Ground. "Bomber Kills Women, Babies," reported the local press. "Mothers and tiny babies were among the helpless civilians killed by a lone German raider who swooped down upon them in a North-West town. They were attending a Spitfire gala in a recreation club when the bomber dived without warning and released two bombs. One completely wrecked the light wooden club......two families were partly wiped out, members of others lie in hospital gravely wounded. It was all over in seconds.....but dead, dying, injured and a mass of mangled debris were the pitiful aftermath which this Nazi bomber left behind as, immediately he swept back into the skies and vanished." Beatrice was buried on the 11th October 1940 in Altrincham (Hale) Cemetery - Burial No. 10,697. Commemorated on the private family gravestone in Hale Cem. Her mother, Ada Louisa died 11/05/1931 aged 61 years. Her brother, Sydney Frederick Parker died on active service in the 1st W.W. See Altrincham 1st W.W. Database.
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