Casualty The Tank Museum is seeking imagery of Trooper Sidney Parker of the 1st Royal Tank Regiment. Parker served in the North African campaign and was killed in action 18.04.41, aged 17. His tank commander, Bert Rendell later recorded the events of that day in a post-war memoir, “During an early attack in the siege of Tobruk, I lost my driver. The following day a new lad was found for me. I took a liking to the lad - his name was `Piggy' Parker. He was a joker and, having found out that I knew a bit about boxing, any spare time we had as a crew, he never failed to challenge me by "Stick them up, Sarge, if you like to stand a chance!" This sense of fun was very infectious to us all. He was with me two months. If I had been on my toes, I might have realised that because of the sandstorm blowing, he may, like me, have partially opened his visor; but it never crossed my mind. We were in the thick of it with things when suddenly the tank stopped. I asked him what was wrong but there was no reply. I shouted again, but no reply. At the time it was very noisy and bullets were tapping on the sides. I jumped down and ran to the front of the tank and saw there was no hope. This lovely lad had been sniped. He must have known nothing about it. Gunfire was all around but there was no other way than to drag him out - a most difficult task - and lay him away from the tank; then jump in and reverse out of range. For over 50 years this boy bothers me. Sometimes I wake up and it has happened this very night. In the last ten years there has been no improvement. If I had the strength and the power of Our Lord, I would walk to his grave; then my troubles would be over.” Bert Rendell and Sidney Parker’s story will feature in a new Second World War exhibition opening in 2020. We know Sidney hailed from Ramsgate, Kent and was the son of Albert and Emily Parker but hold no photographs. If you can provide any assistance in this matter, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01929 405096 ext 207 Thank you.