Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1914, Private Walter Knopp, Second Lieutenant Harry Hilton Storey, and Lieutenant Walter Evelyn Parke, 2nd Battalion, the Durham Light Infantry, were killed in action during the fighting near Hazebrouck in France.
Private Knopp, born in South Ockenden in Essex, was 29 years old and married. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial at Hainaut in Belgium, as well as on the South Ockenden War Memorial.
Second Lieutenant Storey had joined the army in September of 1894, serving eighteen years in India before returning home as Quartermaster Serjeant in January of 1914. He was commissioned a month after the outbreak of the Great War. On the day of his death he was leading his platoon when he was shot by a sniper. He also has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial. From Shildon in County Durham, he was 34 years old.
Lieutenant Parke was educated at Winchester College and followed his father, Lieutenant-Colonel Lawrence Parke, into the regiment. He was commissioned in August of 1911, and would be Mentioned in Despatches in January of 1915. On the day of his death he was in command of the machine gun section of the battalion. He lies buried in the Outtersteene Communal Cemetery in Bailleul in France, and is commemorated on the Roll of Honour at St. Nicholas of Myra Church in Moreton in Dorset. From Moreton, he was 23 years old.