Thom's Irish Who's Who/Parke, James Cecil


PARKE, James Cecil. Educ.: Lurgan College and Dublin University. Recns.: lawn tennis. Won Irish Singles Championship eight times. Doubles four times and Mixed Doubles twice. Championship of Europe twice. All England Mixed Doubles Championship four times. Scottish Championships (Singles, Doubles and Mixed); Northern Championship Cup 1911-1913 (outright, beating the late A. F. Wilding, three sets to two in final). Championship of Australia (Singles and Doubles); Championship of Victoria; various minor Championships. Represented Ireland v. England twice and represented British Isles in Davis Cup 1908-09 -12-13-14-20. Ranked No. 1 in World's Players by American Lawn Tennis in 1913. Rugby Football—Given colours at Dublin University, seven years 1900-1906, and represented Ireland 1903-1909 (twenty matches in all—Captain three times). Obtained commission in Leinster Regt. Sept., 1914; wounded Gallipoli August, 1915. Transferred to Essex Regt. and promoted Major and Second in Command in France. Wounded finally for third time at end of Sept., 1918, in action when in command of Battalion; mentioned in despatches. Son of William Parke, of Crossmoyle House, Clones, Co. Monaghan; b. 26 July, 1881; m. 1918, Sibyl, dau. of Harry Smith. Address Morwenna, Llandudno, North Wales.