Regiment : HMS Bedouin Royal Navy
Service number : N0
Conflict : WW2
Date of death : 15th June 1942 aged 19
Buried : Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent, England, Panel 51, Column 1.
Relatives : Son of Gladys M. Parker, of Pershore, Worcestershire
Memorial : Pershore Abbey
Also appears on : Pershore High School
Additional information on the memorial: Royal Navy
Appears on the Royal Navy casualties list for Worcestershire.
A letter from Clement Parker’s mother, Mrs H.M. Sykes, The Croft, Pershore dated 25th March 1950 can be found within war records held at Worcestershire Archives requesting that his name be added to the county roll of honour. The letter states that C.N. Parker was a Sub Lieutenant, H.M.S. Bedouin Royal Navy, died 15th June 1942.
HMS Bedouin was a Tribal Class Destroyer. On 15th June 1942 the ship came under attack from Italian Cruisers which left her completely disabled. Four British warships drove the attackers off and HMS Bedouin was taken in tow by HMS Partridge. Further attacks by Italian aircraft led to the tow being cast off so HMS Partridge could defend herself. An aerial torpedo dropped from one of the aircraft hit HMS Bedouin and she sank in the Central Mediterranean off Pantelleria Island.
Clement Parker has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Chatham Naval Memorial.