William Parker (bishop)

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The Rt Revd William Alonzo Parker (31 January 1887-28 April 1982) was a former Anglican Bishop of Shrewsbury.[1]

He was born on 31 January 1887[2] He was son of Mr W.H. Parker of Alkrington, Lancashire.[3] He was educated at Manchester University.

During the First World War he served in the Royal Tank Corps, which he joined in 1916, and was Mentioned in Despatches.[3] [4] He left the army in 1924[3] and completed his university studies, graduating as Bachelor of Commerce in 1926 and Master of Arts (MA) in 1939.[1]

Ordained in 1929, he was a Curate at Sheffield Cathedral 1928-30 and then Bishop’s Chaplain at St. George's Cathedral, Jerusalem 1931-37. He was then successively Vicar of St Matthew, Gosport, 1937–42. At the beginning of the Second World War he was a Senior Chaplain of the Forces (1939-40).[1]

He was Vicar of St Chad, Shrewsbury 1942-46[5] before being appointed Archdeacon of Stafford in 1945, a post he held until his elevation to the Episcopate 14 years later. He was also Chaplain of the Order of St John from 1955-60, and later Sub-Prelate of the Order, Provost of Denstone College 1960-67. He retired as Bishop in 1969.[1]

In 1930 he married Ellen, daughter of the Reverend Robert Hodgson of Hooton Roberts, Yorkshire.[3]

In retirement he lived at Church Stretton, Shropshire.[6] He died at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital on 28 April 1982,[7] aged 95.


  1. ^ a b c d Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975/6 Lambeth, Church House Publishing 0108153674
  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897–2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  3. ^ a b c d Who's Who 1982. A & C Black. p. 1693. }
  4. ^ The Times, Monday, 3 May 1982; pg. 10; Issue 61223; col G Right Rev W. A. Parker Obituary
  5. ^ Parish web-site
  6. ^ Who's Who 1982. Address given as 104 Stretton Farm Road, Church Stretton.
  7. ^ Shropshire Star, Saturday 1 May 1982, page 1 (First edition).
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Robert Leighton Hodson
Anglican Bishop of Shrewsbury
Succeeded by
Francis William Cocks